If you were waiting for the Messiah to come, where would you look?
The Jews were waiting for a mighty rescuer, a powerful ruler, someone to save them and deliver them from their enemies. They were probably expecting someone strong and heroic- not a helpless baby born to an ordinary girl like Mary.
If Elizabeth becoming pregnant seemed impossible, Mary becoming pregnant literally was impossible- humanly speaking anyway! But nothing is impossible with God!
Another surprise angel visitation brings another piece of unexpected news. Despite Mary’s humble and ordinary status, she is the one God has chosen to bear his Son!
Unlikely, unanticipated, inconceivable… but Mary’s response is one of openness and trust:
“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1:38 NLT)
She recognises that, despite the challenges that lie ahead, this is an amazing blessing and privilege. It is an honour to be chosen by God and entrusted with this task, and she responds with praise.
As a result she gets to play a key role in God’s plan for salvation, something more significant than she could ever have imagined.
Hope can spring up in unlikely places. God’s plan may not always look as we expect it to, but he does have a plan for good, to give us a future and a hope.
Sometimes, as for Mary, it takes courage to grasp hold of that hope, to keep our eyes open to what God is doing, to trust in his plan and to choose to believe.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, ” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8 NLT)
“I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
(Isaiah 43:19 NLT)
“Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
That the child that you delivered will soon deliver you?”
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