What is Christmas? Christ - mas is the celebration of Jesus Christ's Birthday! Jesus was born 2003 years ago, or so. In fact, our modern calendar reflects the date of Jesus' birth. B.C. means Before Christ's birth, and A.D. is Latin for Anno Domino, which means "Year of our Lord".
Scripture says about Jesus' Conception: In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. He had a message for a girl promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. The girl's name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, "Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!"
Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and she wondered what his words meant. The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!"
Mary said to the angel, "I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God. Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old. For there is nothing that God cannot do."
Luke 1:26-38 - The Explanation
Here we read that a young girl, probably around fourteen years old, named Mary is visited by an angel. God sent that angel to Mary for a specific reason. Gabriel was to tell Mary that she was chosen from all women, of all time, to be the mother of His Son, Jesus.
What an awesome message! What was Mary's reaction? At first Mary was afraid. She did not understand. "Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and she wondered what his words meant." But God was quick to soothe her worries, concern and fears. His angel told her "Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you." This is immediate comfort! God did not want her to be afraid of Him or His messenger. God wanted her to know that His grace shone on her! God was telling Mary that He loved her and that she was special. Thought questions.
Then came the news. God told Mary that she would be "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!" Thought questions.
Isn't it amazing that here the Lord God Almighty chose an insignificant young girl to do a mighty thing! To carry, bear and raise His Son! God did not call the most educated, not the richest, not the most beautiful, not the famous, but He did call the one who loved Him and wanted to serve Him more than anyone else. Mary's job would be huge! She would have to raise a King whose kingdom would never end! She would be in charge of God's own personal and only begotten Son!!
What was Mary's reaction? First she explained her own situation, and then asked the angel questions! "How, then, can this be?" What a great reaction! Interact with he Lord as He is!! Mary did not retreat into fear. Mary did not become overwhelmed with the task. Instead Mary looked at it One step at a time. Her first question was - how will I become pregnant? And the gentle and awesome loving God of the universe explained through Gabriel that the entire Trinity will be involved. "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God."
These facts satisfied Mary. Through God's intervention, He always makes things clear and peaceful. God is the only Father that is fully Loving and true. God even added a physical fact that would validate His news. Gabriel told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was miraculously pregnant! Gabriel also ministered to Mary teaching her "For there is nothing that God cannot do." What a wonderful God we have!!
Praise to the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory!
Elizabeth: Mary's cousin, and mother of John the Baptist, wife of the priest Zachariah. See: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80.
Prayer: Lord God of the universe, Maker of me and Mary. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to be here with us. Thank you Jesus for wanting to live here and for loving me. I understand that you came to teach me how to do right. I know that you came on earth to die as a payment for my sins. I am sorry for all of the wrong things that I have done. I want You to come into my heart now and make it clean. I want You to teach me how You want me to be. Jesus, thank you for forgiving me! Jesus please help me to listen to You and learn from You. Fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I may always be your child! I love you Jesus Christ! Amen.
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