In the six month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 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, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever, his kingdom will never end. How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be called, the Son of God. Even Elizabeth you relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For not word from God will ever fail. I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered, May your word to me be fulfilled, Then the angel left her. Luke 1:26-37
For many years people always wondered about the image of God. Societies have speculated and many us of have a variety of conclusions: God is somewhere up in the sky, he is a God who does care about us down here on earth. We fancied God as ferocious, magical, fickle, and maniacal. A god to be avoided, dreaded and appeased. But never in mankind’s wildest imaginings did we consider that God would enter the world as a human. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14) The Word became not a whirlwind or a devouring fire but a single cell, a fertilized egg, a baby. His tiny heart divided into chambers. God became flesh.
Jesus entered our world not like a human but as a human. He endured puberty, pimples, hot weather, and cranky neighbors. Did you ever think Mary what were your feelings when you heard the news from the Angel of God. All alone in someways other than Joseph when it came time to deliverer your newborn baby. Did you know the one you deliver that night so long ago, came also to deliver you. Did you know that he would do many miracles, heal the sick, cure the lame, heal the blind, raise the dead, walk on water. When you kiss your newborn baby Mary, you kiss the face of God! Mary did you know?
Why did God so far? He wants you to know that he gets you. He understands how you feel and has face what you face. He’s been through weakness, and testing, experienced it all all but the sin. Since you know now that Jesus understands you, you can boldly go to him. Because of Bethlehem’s miracle, you can answer these fundamental questions: Does God if I’m sad? yes he does, does God understands my pain, Yes he does, Does God cares how lonely I am, Yes He does, and our list goes on.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends