Searching His Word, Seeking His Heart
Today we will seek to find JOY in Mary’s life. Watch for the emotions she goes through.
Mary has been betrothed to Joseph, but is still living at home with her parents. She is a small town girl from Nazareth.
For the second time, Gabriel appears. (See Joy – Zechariah and Elizabeth) He says to Mary,
“Greetings, you are highly favored. The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28
As with others who have visitations from angels, Mary is “greatly troubled” by his words. So Gabriel says,
Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name 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 rule over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. Luke 1:30-33
Oh, my, that’s a lot to take in. She will have a child and he will be great. Does she understand the other things from hearing her father talk about the throne of David and the house of Jacob? Is she thinking prestige? Is she feeling honored?
No. I think we can say she is “confused.” She is still stuck on the first thing Gabriel said. Her question?
“How can this be since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34
The angel explains,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35
Does she understand that this is the promised one, the Messiah? Maybe. Maybe not, but it is an answer to her question. (Notice that Gabriel did not reprimand her question as he did with Zechariah. She was not doubting or asking for proof as he did.)
Gabriel goes on to say,
“Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:36-37
Mary seems “resolved” at this point. She answers,
“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38
Mary has been fearful, troubled, confused, and resolved. What questions plague her now as she is alone again? How will I tell Mama? Will she believe me? And do I even dare tell Papa? What will Joseph think? Will he disown me? Will I be stoned?
Mary travels all the way to Judea to visit Elizabeth. When she arrives, Elizabeth says,
“Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear! As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is the one who has believed what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:42, 44-45
I believe it was then that the Spirit filled Mary with JOY! She burst forth with a song much like Zechariah. Her words are in Luke 1:46-55.
As we wade through our life emotions, may we come to celebrate the coming of God in human flesh with JOY!
~ Joyce ~