Advent Day #23 - Luke 1:26-35

In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary.  She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendent of King David.  Gabriel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, favored woman!  The Lord is with you!"  Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  "Don't be afraid, Mary," the angel told her, "for you have found favor with God!  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.  He will be very great, and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.  And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!"  Mary asked the angel, "But how can this happen?  I am a virgin."  The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God."

This is such an amazing passage.  Can you imagine the look on Mary's face?  First, an angel appears.  It is not an everyday occurrence.  That had to shock her senses.  Then the angel says, by the way you are going to become pregnant even though you are a virgin.  She throws that question back at the angel.  The angel says God will do it.  We get so wrapped up in what can happen.  Sometimes, we forget the power that God has.  It doesn't make human sense that a virgin could conceive a child.  God made the womb.  He is the creator.  He is able to do what ever he wants.  God is not confined by the laws of nature.  He made those laws.  He set all of creation in motion.  He has the power to break the laws he has created.  He worked in a marvelous way so that his Son could come to us.  I love how it says that the Most High will overshadow you.  Is there a time when the Most High doesn't overshadow us?  He is always there, strong and powerful!  When we see the little baby in the manger, let us not forget, that little baby is the incarnation of God Almighty.  It is the same being which Isaiah saw, and then said he was undone.  We shouldn't ohh and ahh at the baby in the manger.  We should fall prostrate at the manger.  He is the creator of all things, and he has come to us!


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