Millions of precious babies have been born; since the birth of the Christ child. Doctors give the mother an estimate of the child’s due date. Technology affords pregnant women the privy of seeing the baby growing inside their uterus. Many women use the picture to announce the pregnancy to their parents and grandparents.
Mary received a different kind of announcement. First of all, she was a virgin betrothed to her husband Joseph. Imagine her surprise when the angel Gabriel appeared to her. Her first response was fear but the angel said to her,”Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women…Do not be afraid.”
Mortal Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Of course Mary questioned this saying; because she had not “known” a man. The angel explained that God’s Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would be overshadowed by the Lord Most High. Our Savior and Lord was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Gabriel also announced that her barren cousin Elizabeth, was six months pregnant with a son. God knew Mary needed some encouragement to know the truth of an all powerful God. “With God nothing will be impossible.” Mary immediately submitted to this thing that had been told to her. Her response, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” Known only by God, Mary’s due date brought about the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him for sending His only begotten Son, who brought salvation to sinners like you and me.