“He will be called great,                                                                                                                                                           be called ‘Son of the Highest’.                                                                                                                The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;                                                        He will rule Jacob’s house forever –                                                                                                  no end, ever, to His kingdom.”

“Mary said to the angel, ‘But how? I’ve never slept with a man.’

“The angel answered,                                                                                                                            ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you;                                                                                                the power of the Highest hover over you;                                                                                          Therefore, the child you bring to birth                                                                                                will be called Holy, Son of God.’

“‘And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth, conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”

“And Mary said,                                                                                                                              ‘      Yes, I see it all now;                                                                                                                                  I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.                                                                                                    Let it be with me just as you say.’

“Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:32-38.

Unlike Zachariah, Mary did not have a problem with unbelief. She just didn’t know how she could conceive a child without a husband. A simple explanation satisfied her and she quickly submitted to the Lord’s will.

Did she understand what this calling would cost her? In the mercy of God she, like us, lived her life one day at a time.

If her fiancé, Joseph, had not been the godly man that he was, and a man who truly loved her, she might have lost him and the opportunity of having a husband and a normal family.

She had no idea of the stigma that she and her son would carry because of His virgin birth. And what of the pain of a son who appeared to have lost His mind so that He needed protection from Himself, and the worst of all, losing Him to death at the hands of His enemies? How would she handle the transition of being the mother of Jesus to being a disciple of the Son of God?

When Mary made her commitment to the angel that she was willing to be God’s handmaiden, although she knew nothing of what lay ahead of her, she was ready to entrust her body and her life to the God whom she loved and served. Whatever He asked of her, she was willing to give and she never reneged on her promise.

She trusted the God of her fathers and she trusted the Son He had placed in her care for thirty years. With the angel’s reassurance ringing in her ears, “Nothing is impossible with God,” she gave herself to her calling to bear this child, no matter what pain it brought into her life, because God had asked her to do it.

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Luella Campbell

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