The Gospel Of Luke, 1:26-38 KJV:
(26) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. (27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. (29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. (30) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David: (33) And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. (34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (36) And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. (37) For with God nothing shall be impossible. (38) And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Angels don’t make a practice of appearing to people in the middle of nowhere. So when Dr. Luke starts out his narrative, a short story about an angel appearing–both to Zechariah and ALSO to Mary, we know something special is about to occur–something that has never happened in the history of the world.
Seemingly out of the blue, God was about to announce His eternal plans in specific detail to one young and seemingly insignificant young girl, living in an insignificant small village of Nazareth.
Now the background of this narrative might seem small and unimportant in the big picture of things–where Mary was living and who she was engaged to. But the engagement was all important, as it connected her to the GREATER PROMISE made long ago by the prophet Jeremiah 23:5:
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch (Sprout), and He will reign as King and do wisely and will execute justice and righteousness in the land” (Amplified Bible).
Even though Mary was a seemingly miniscule young girl living in a small out of the way village, God was going to use her womb to turn the whole world upside down.
Here was a young girl, between the ages of 12 to 17 years old, recently engaged to a man she barely knew, planning with her mother no doubt, the future wedding. What to wear, how many guests to invite, food for the reception, a future place to reside….
Let’s just imagine that afternoon, Mary’s mother might have asked her to go to the well to fetch a bucket of water; so the dishes from the previous meals would be clean. Afterall, Joseph was dropping by for supper that night, and they wanted everything presentable; to leave a good impression on the groom to be.
With bucket (vessel) in hand, Mary walks outside in the brightness of the sun, and there appeared a handsome, dark-haired young man, standing between her and the well. Surely she was troubled by the stranger’s words and wondering what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her (v. 30), “FEAR NOT, MARY; for you have found favour with God.”
First of all, notice Mary’s initial reaction to the angel’s greetings. She was “TROUBLED” and “CAST IN HER MIND”…( I call it “meditating” on the spoken words). A practice we should all take part in when the WORD is spoken. Meditate on what is spoken for us, to us, and over us.
The angel had literally told this young girl, that she was about to be the recipient of an undeserved GIFT of God. What kind of gift would it be? Why was the angel appearing to HER, a simple and sinful servant of the Lord? Something BIG was about to happen–but she didn’t know what.
So Gabriel went on…“You will conceive…and bring forth a son”
The whole concept of GIVING BIRTH is a Miracle in and of itself. If you have ever seen pictures of how a sperm and an egg unite, quickly forming into eyes, ears, legs, and a whole human body, it is a miraculous thing. It is what we call “PREGNANCY”.
But here, Gabriel was telling Mary–a VIRGIN–that she was going to have a son.
That right there would be enough to absolutely put any woman, much less a young girl, into shock!
But Gabriel wasn’t done!
Today, when a woman becomes pregnant, one of the fun things to do is to measure how BIG the child is. With fertility pills, the idea of giving birth to twins, multiple births, has jumped in number to six or seven rather than just two. I would think that most mothers who find out they are having more than one child might be overwhelmed at such a thought.
But this news of Gabriel was far beyond that. “You are to give him the name JESUS. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”
Imagine if you can, what Gabriel was telling Mary here in the passage. You are going to give birth to not just a ten pound son–to twins or triplets–but the Son of the Most High–God Himself.
GOD was going to be put into her womb–and start growing there. How would God, who fills the universe, be able to fit into Mary’s womb?
Gabriel wasn’t done.
Mary wouldn’t even get to pick His name, because His name was already picked out–JESUS. This is the Greek transliteration of the Old Testament name JOSHUA–which is a shortened form of two Hebrew words meaning–“the Lord saves”. The son that she would have–GOD–would be the Savior of the world–long foretold!
What would this Savior end up doing?
“The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.”
Many women over the course of history have given birth to kings. Some of them have had the pleasure of seeing their sons be crowned. Others have had the sorrow of seeing them dethroned. Mary’s Son, however, is to reign forever. His kingdom would never end.
MARY never asked the question “Why me?”
As a descendent of Jacob, she knew why. She had read of the CURSE that mankind had been under from the fall of Adam and Eve. She knew from the religious rites and regulations of sacrificing sheep and the Passover–that a Savior had to come to SAVE them from their sins.
God had promised Abraham “through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed (Genesis 22:18).
BY FAITH, Mary knew WHY this had to happen–what she didn’t know was the question “How”?
“How will this be Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
This wasn’t a question of DOUBT–but a question of mechanics. Mary was about to experience the FACT that God doesn’t always do things NATURALLY! He does them SPIRITUALLY–BY HIS WORD!
Throughout the first chapter of Genesis, we read over and over again…God SAID…God SAW…(Genesis 1:3-4; 6-7; 9-12; 14-15, 18; 20-21; 24-25; 26; 29-31).
So the question arises, how important are WORDS–presented by Luke’s narrative on Mary’s CONCEPTION?
I remember when I was a child, my mother telling me repeated times, “Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you.” As well-meaning as mom was–she wanted me to get over my “hurt feelings”–it was a lie! Names did hurt, because I allowed the spoken word of others (the bullying), to manifest in my spirit.
WORDS are “things” that can take on substance every time they are spoken. Words eventually produce tangible “things,” good or bad (Proverbs 18:20-21).
In 1 Samuel 3:17, when Eli referred to God’s spoken words, he used the word “THING”:
 Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son. And he answered, “Here am I.”  And he said, “What is the THING that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me; God do so to thee, and more also; if thou hide any THING from me of all THINGS that he said unto thee.” [“Thing (s) capitalized for emphasis only]
The angel Gabriel presented God’s Word to Mary, but only she had the authority to bring that WORD from God to pass.
When Mary gave VOICE to the WORD, a “thing” was released.
Applying this important KEY to our lives today, words of prayer, WORDS spoken–WORD SEED first, then CONCEPTION takes place as soon as we give VOICE to a thing.
In Luke 1:45, we read “blessed (happy to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the THINGS that were spoken to her from the Lord” (Amplified bible).
The angel told Mary that her CONCEPTION would be supernatural and referred to the baby Jesus as a “HOLY THING” (Lk. 1:35). The VIRGIN BIRTH occurred when the Holy Spirit intervened to carry out the WORDS that Mary spoke.
Mary’s cousin Elisabeth’s pregnancy, after being BARREN, was evidence that ALL THINGS are possible with God (vs. 36-37). What an encouragement this must have been to this young girl, and what an encouragement it is us today: “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!
When Mary verbally accepted the spoken WORD of God and spoke into her life, she became pregnant (vs. 38): “Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left her.” (AMP)
Mary agreed (internalized) the WORD-SEED of God and spoke–(‘planted’) it over her life–then the THING she spoke materialized (manifested) in the natural world.
Mary BELIEVED God, so she RECEIVED the fulfillment of the “thing” for what she believed (v. 45).
When we believe God and speak HIS WORD over our lives, we can receive the “things” that we speak.
God never intended the BIRTH OF JESUS to be a surprise to anyone.
He predicted it would happen in Isaiah. He predicted it would happen in Micah. He sent His messenger Gabriel, to SPEAK “things” to Mary on what was to happen.
Now you may have heard the Christmas story many times by now–but don’t let the wonderful old story stop enlightening your FAITH through the holidays. GOD became MAN through a virgin–to live and die for each one of us. What a WONDERFUL GIFT Christmas is!!!
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Sermon Notes used for this blog: Creflo Dollar Ministries on Luke 1:26-38.
Commentary: MARY: Believing the Impossible @ Keep Believing Ministries.
Bible Translations: King James Version and the Amplified Bible.