Luke 1: 26-38
26Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Mary was only 13 when the angel Gabriel came to her with this message from God. She must have been very afraid as a young girl to have an angel come and talk with her. She would have heard the story all of her life that there would be a Messiah, that he would come and save His people. Her faith had to have been really strong to accept what God was asking of her.
Once she accepted what God was asking of her she had to face her parents and Joseph. The Bible doesn’t say what her parent’s reaction was. At 13 I would imagine my parents would have been very upset hearing from me that I was pregnant. Even more confused if I said that I hadn’t been with a man, that the Holy Spirit had come over me. This would have tested their faith as well.
Then she went to Joseph, at first he turned away from her. After the angel came to him, he accepted this gift from God and stood by her side. Their journey to Bethlehem would have been difficult, especially with Mary being so close to giving birth. Traveling on a donkey would not have been a smooth ride.
The movie “the nativity story” made me feel as if I was watching what really happened to Mary and Joseph. The end was especially moving.
Like the words in the song “Mary Did You Know?” can you imagine holding baby Jesus and kissing His check then, realize you were kissing the face of God.
Then as Jesus grew and began His ministry, watching Him do miracles of healing, preaching, and comforting the people around Him. I can imagine as a mother, Mary must have felt so much pride in her son. She also, must have had a feeling of being blessed by God to be able to have given birth and to raise His son.
The horror she must have gone through with His death on the cross. Losing a child has to be one of the worst things to go through. Her feeling of despair would then be changed to awesome love and grace with seeing Him alive and completing the prophecy, that He would come to save His people.
I would love to hear your feelings about how you would feel to have been Mary.
1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Lk 1:26–38). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.