For our theme, All About Family, we encouraged families to discuss their families' gifts and how those gifts are offered to us from birth. Therefore as we discovered our gifts, we will be able to share with the world.
What I appreciate about Mary is that she didn't realize her gift until the Lord God sent an angel, Gabriel, to her. He states, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" It was this moment she realized that she was given an assignment to fulfill the Lord God's plan through her and provide it to the world. Gabriel went further to say, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of he Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom there will be no end." NKJV Luke 1:28. In addition, she was not in disbelief, but she asked how can that be if she knew not a man, and then he replied, "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." NKJV Luke 1:35. There was nothing more for to ask, but now only to do.
After listening to Gabriel, she was advised to go see her relative, Elizabeth, who conceived her first child, and when she, Elizabeth, heard the greeting of Mary, her baby leaped in her womb and then the Holy Spirit spoke through Elizabeth to tell Mary, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." After there interaction and conversation, Mary starts to praise the Lord God by saying, "
My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed For He who is mighty has done great things for me And holy is His name And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation He has shown strength with His arm He has scattered the proud in the imagination= of their hearts He has put down the mighty from their thrones And exalted the lowly He has filled the hungry with good things And the rich He has sent away empty He has helped His servant Israel In remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever,"
What's amazing about Mary is she never doubted God, she ask one question how, He replied through the angel to Mary, and she obeyed. She then praised God for his blessing upon her and for her future of her seed. She praised Him for everything He has done and for who He is to us as a people. Since Mary never doubted, but praise God for his blessings, we are living her gift's purpose by worshipping, celebrating, and honoring the Lord God for His gift of Life for us. In addition, she started speaking over herself and great things that are to come for future generations. In addition, we are still fulfilling His Kingdom by drawing people to Him to continue the Lord God's plan that "His Kingdom there will be no end." Today, His Kingdom has not ended and, we, as a people that believe, are living it every day. Since she obeyed, meaning following the plan of God without complaint, she has birthed a significant gift to the world that is with us and saved us from our sins. His birth was new life for us as another method to show us how to live in the world. He showed us at the beginning with Adam and Eve, He showed us with Noah, He showed us through Sodom and Gomorrah, He showed us with Moses with the delivering of His people, and now he showed us through Jesus Christ. We sing about Him, we write about Him, we talk about Him, we worship Him, we praise Him, we magnify His name, people are convicted when speaking about Him, creation obeys Him, and everything that He designed for us, tries to be changed by men to ignore his creativity. Overall, nothing will stop Him because He is the Lord God.
Thank you Mary for listening, thank you for praising God, and thank you for hiding such a precious gift that saved us all. Thank you Lord God for speaking through Elizabeth to speak life over Mary, and thank you for blessing women with a womb that will carry gifts in to this world to be pieces to the puzzle in order to showcase Your plan that's a mustard seed soon to fulfill this world for us as fruit.
Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy!