Scripture Luke 1:1-40
Source: King James Bible. UMI
Mary was favored above all women in being chosen as the mother of Jesus. though we are not to pray to her, we ought to praise God for her. Mary merits our respect, but her son merits our worship. The angel Gabriel who had Previously visitedZacharias, now visits Mary.The angels address, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among woman, means that Mary was chosen and favored by God to have the honor of birthing the Messiah,something Jewish mothers had so long desired.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel. ie.,God With us (see Isaiah 7:14).
Mary was a teenage virgin. She didnt grow up in a royal household. She wasnt from the religious center of life, Jerusalem, but the small town of Nazareth. God indeed chooses the weak things of this world to confound the mighty.
(See 1 Corinthians 1:27).
The angels wondrous salutation and appearance troubled Mary. Unlike Zacharias, who appeared to be afraid of the angels presence, her trouble may have been attributed to the fact that God would choose someone as lowly as her for such a great task. Whatever the case, the angel assured her that she had found favor with God and would become the mother of a son whose name she should call Jesus, the son of the Highest. Mary then asked the next logical question: How is this possible?The angels reply: For with God nothing shall be impossible. With that understanding, Mary responds to the angels words with gratefulness. Her reply to the angel was full of faith and humility.
As Mary did here, we must guide our desires by the word of God. In all conflicts, let us remember that with God, nothing is impossible. As we read and hear His promises, let us turn them into prayers, saying, Behold the willing servant of the Lord. May it be to me according to your word. As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have being since the world beganto give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.