Our hearts are drawn to Mary’s question in Luke 1:34 which says, Then said Mary unto the angel, How can this be seeing I know not a man? The pure heart of this virgin girl is expressed in this question. How can this impossible thing happen? It is impossible for a virgin to conceive a baby, why everyone knows that. It has never happened before or since. This child who was all God and all man must Be born of a virgin. A child receives it’s blood from the father’s seed. Jesus had the blood of God flowing in His veins. To be washed in His blood is to have all our sins removed. The thought makes my heart say, How can this be? I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus and wonder.
Our point of meditation today is Luke 1:33 which says, “And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” It is here that we are told of two kingdoms. The one is the earthly realm which is described as the house of Jacob. Jacob’s house is always a picture of an earthly human realm. The other is His kingdom which speaks of a heavenly, eternal realm. The great promise here is that the child Jesus, born of a virgin, reigns over both the earthly and eternal world. He reigns over all that is in heaven, in earth, and under the earth. For the inhabitants of heaven this ruler ship is clear. May it be on earth as it is in heaven.
We continue our Christmas meditation with Luke 1:32 which says, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:” Mary is told of her son’s loftiness in these words, ‘great’ and Son of the Hightest’. These words are words that describe a height of which no man can reach. It is the highest of the high. She was also told of her son’s lineage. He shall be given the throne of His father David. We are told here that He sprung from David. He later tells us that He is David’s Daddy. How can this be? The book of Revelation tells of His title when He is called the root and offspring of David. There is none like Him. It sure makes you want to know more about Him.
Let us mediate today on the vast world of Luke 1:31 which says, “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” All three of these of phrases ‘shalt conceive, bring forth a son, and call his name JESUS’ are fulfillments of Old Testament prophecies. Just the thought of a virgin conceiving is beyond unbelievable. Then we are told that it will be a ‘son’. There are no sonograms, yet the angel knows the gender before the conception. This lets us know that we were known before we were conceived. They were to call him ‘JESUS’. This name means ‘God is salvation’. This must have been a lot for a little teenage girl to take in at one sitting.
Let us ponder Luke 1:30 today which says, And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. The angel who is speaking is Gabriel. He is only one of two angels named in the Bible.They are called Arc Angels, because they are in charge of all angels. I see there is an admonition spoken to her. (fear not) The phrase means stop being afraid. I am told the phrase is mentioned 365 times in the Bible, one time for everyday in the year. The reason for her not to be afraid, is because she has found favour with God. The phrase found favour means the free, absolute loveingkindness of God. Let us be assured we need not be afraid because we to are a highly graced people.
Let us look today at Luke 1: 29 which says, “And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. I must say this seems to be a very natural response. The word troubled means to be disturbed and confused. She is a young teenage girl with an angel before her. He has not said anything yet. What he says will only be more troubling. The phrase …cast in the mind… means to turn it over and over in the mind. When things come that trouble and disturb let us ponder them much in our mind before we react. Quick actions without thought only cause greater problems.
We look today at Luke 1:28 which says, “And the angel came into her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Although Mary is a sinner as we all are, and has no more pull with Jesus than the greatest saint, we see here a picture of the child of God with Jesus living within. Notice the pronouncement to her. (highly favoured) The phrase means accepted or muched graced. I see to the presents about her. ( the Lord is with thee) My what a thought. The word with carries the idea of before, beside, behind, over, underneath, I’m in Him, and He is in me. There is also the position for her. (blessed art thou among women) The word blessed means to be greatly admired. To be saved today is have Jesus in whom all the Godhead bodily dwells, dwelling in us.