Surprised, shocked, stunned, or amazed, much of this could apply as a young girl witnessed the incredible, two thousand years ago. When an Angel of God, suddenly appeared and was seen by Mary she may have closed her eyes at first in disbelief. Perhaps she wondered if she was still asleep and possibly dreaming. Or was there really a magnificent being standing in her room? Maybe, after closing her eyes and counting to ten, Mary opened them again expecting nothing to be there. Yet the Angel remained, and waited patiently for recognition. The words from her prayer of the previous evening would come to mind.
“Adonai, I love you so much, please use me as your handmaiden in whatever way you desire.”
Was this now the answer to that prayer? Mary believed it possibly was.
His wings stood tall and shimmered as he spoke, “Greetings, I am Gabriel and you are highly favored Mary. The Lord your God is with you.”
Adonai, her Adonai, was with her...? Her forehead creased in awe. Then her heart thumped in adoration. Before she could interrupt and question the meaning of this special messenger attending in person, more was spoken.
“Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and name him Jesus. He will be called the son of The Most High God and will rule forever, and His kingdom will never end.”
Mary felt an enlightening in her soul, and yet she reasoned … how this could be? What would her fiancé Joseph say? Surely since she was unmarried this meant she would be dragged to the town square and stoned. What a disgrace for her parents who were devoted believers. Her mind raced on.….
Reading her thoughts Gabriel took a step forward. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you Mary,” his voice reassured while eyes of fire pieced into hers.
“You will become impregnated by the power of The Most High and God himself will be the Father. Be at peace as He will take care of you; no harm shall befall you.”
Mary knew her reply could be nothing less than what now burst forth from her lips.
“Praise the name of the Lord! May it be unto me as you have stated. For I know as his servant, that nothing is impossible with Him.”
Closing her eyes once more and leaning back into the softness of her bed, Mary felt her insides moving of their own persuasion. She saw in her minds eye the conception of a human life within her and she rejoiced in knowing she was chosen of God. The baby’s blood would be untainted because it belonged to the Father and not to her.
Many years later her sister Salome’s son and Jesus cousin, John would write acknowledging this.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word, was God.”
Yes! When Mary Accepted That Word, The Word miraculously because a living embolism inside of her. He was then able to be born as the Savour of the world.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20
Crystal Mary Lindsey at : http://crystalmaryauthor.blogspot.com/
May the Lord bless and keep you all safe in His care this Christmas.