Since we completed the story of the promise of the birth of John the Baptist yesterday, today we begin the promise of the birth of Jesus:
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” – Luke 1
Many of us recall from the Nativity Story movie, the scenes where this angel appears to Mary. I never really thought a lot about this specific scene, because it was “just a movie.” But, the whole story of Jesus’ birth, to include these events are not only historically true in nature, they are included in Scripture for a purpose.
We need to be reminded on occassions, that Scripture is profitable for teaching.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
So what can we learn from the passage where the angel comes to Mary? Scripture clearly states: “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” I don’t know about you, but it would be great to hear those words come from an angel – don’t you think? So, how do we go about it?
Well, we might not have the opportunity to have an angel visit – but we can still live that life. It’s about our decisions, our choices, our obedience. Mary followed the Lord and submitted to His Will, and she received His favor. What can we change today to be more obedient to the Lord? What does He want us to do for Him?