Mary was told by an angel that she would bear a child who would be King. Gabriel told her that she was highly favoured by God. One has to wonder how Mary could ever wrap her head around this message. A common girl pledged to be married, never to be the same…
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.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Mary would have known the story of David. And Jesus would be given the throne of David. I find that meaningful. David was ordinary. He was the shepherd boy whom no one thought of when Samuel was looking for the King.
And it was David. He was anointed.
Mary was as ordinary and common as David. And she would be the mother of the Saviour.
Perhaps the most meaningful message in her circumstance is that God can use each of us and any of us to do great things or be a part of great things.
The God of the universe can lift up the humble to create the miraculous.
Mary was living proof. This news would rock her world, and God chose to favour her for a reason…