You Believed That The Lord Would Do What He Said

Luke 1:26-45

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 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. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

35 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. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.”

38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”

Reflection

Just as God brought back the exiles from Babylon, so we come to the fulfilment of the second and final redemption foretold by Jeremiah and the prophets – the arrival of the Messiah on earth. Again we witness God weaving into his story a person of little consequence but of great heart. Mary is called a woman favoured by God, and through this encounter she demonstrates her complete submission to his plan and her trust in his love by accepting the words of his messenger despite their startling nature.

This is the moment of the consummation of Israel’s hope and deliverance. Here is a king who will not only lead his people in righteousness for a brief generation, but who will change the course of history by establishing a throne that will never end. We see the evidence of God’s unshakable covenant – as unshakable as his covenant with the night and day.

With God, anything is possible. He will bring life where there is none, causing two women, one virgin, one barren, to bear the fruits of complete revelation. This is the God that breathed our human life into being, who set the stars in motion as a demonstration of his glory, who established the partnership of night and day and formed the earth with his hand. Mary’s obedience here is like that of the people who have come before her, ordinary people brought into extraordinary circumstances because of their trust in God’s greatness and his promise. From this moment, the fate of the world is transformed.

Prayer:

Consider the moments in your life when God has asked you to trust him completely and remember the astonishing ways he has come through for you before. Trust him as he leads you on into new places of revelation.

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