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8 God Comes like Everyone Else–Almost

(The book I’m condensing doesn’t say anything about God sending Gabriel to Nazareth to speak to Mary, a girl engaged to Joseph, or her visit to her aunt, but since the story is in Luke 1, I am adding it.)

Mary is alone doing her chores. She loves it when she is alone and can think, imagining all the old stories of God’s mighty leading, when suddenly a bright being, an angel, appears before her.

“Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you.” Not a strange greeting for the time, but Mary is stunned, and can’t think what to say. So the angel continues, “Don’t be afraid, you have found favor with God and are going to have a baby. You are to call him Jesus because he will be Messiah. God will give him David’s throne and His kingdom will have no end.”

Now Mary really doesn’t know what to say, but she knows where babies came from, so she asks Gabriel, “How can this happen since I am still a virgin?” (even though she is engaged to Joseph).

Gabriel reassures her that the Holy Spirit will take care of that because her child will be the son of God. And to help her believe him, he tells her that her barren Aunt Elizabeth is six months pregnant herself  “for nothing is impossible with God.”

When Mary hears this her response is simple and beautiful, “I am the servant of the Lord.  May it happen as you have said.”

Imagine Gabriel’s great smile to her response before he vanishes.

Luke 1: 26-38

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