In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Written by: Robert Watson
Throughout our lives, we will experience some game-changing messages. Messages such as “You’ve made the team.” “You have been accepted to our University.” “We are proud to offer you this work contract.” “I do.” “We are having a baby.” All of these are major game-changers in our story of life. But there is one message that was a major game-changer for all stories for all time.
For thousands of years, the world had awaited a promised savior. At the moment of history recorded above, only a tiny percentage of humanity were still anticipating the day that God would fulfill His promises to Adam, Abraham, Jacob, and David. To Mary, this day would begin like any other day. She likely awoke to the sound of animals and people slowly stirring throughout the village as the sun rose before beginning her routine of family chores. Although she was pledged to Joseph, Mary had not yet left her household and she continued to operate as she always had. Nothing would have seemed out of place until this abrupt interruption from a stranger.
Mary’s life would never be the same after receiving this message, and neither would the world. She would deliver the promised savior, known as the Messiah in Hebrew and the Christ in Greek. Although customary to give a family name, the name for this savior was already determined by God. His name carried the message of His mission for all people. Jesus literally means, “the Lord saves.”
Thought of the day: When we were lost in life and dead in our sins, God made us alive again through faith in the work, death, and resurrection of Jesus. There will never be a greater game-changing message than Jesus. The Lord saves.
Prayer: Thank You, thank You, thank You for the greatest gift the world has ever been given. Thank You that when we couldn’t save ourselves, You stepped into our broken and messy world to save us Yourself. Your message changed the world at large, and I thank You that it has changed my world on a personal level. Help me to share the incredible gift of Your love with all those around me. Amen.