Awestruck: Day 8

The Lord Is with You

Read Luke 1:26–28
 
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
 
Reflect
 
In this short passage, we see several remarkable truths. First, there’s Gabriel’s words to Mary that the Lord is with her—undoubtedly a stunning statement to hear. And second, we see allusions to two Old Testament prophecies: 1) Joseph was a descendant of David, echoing Nathan’s prophecy that we read in 2 Samuel 7:12–16; and 2) Mary was a virgin, calling to mind Isaiah’s words recorded in Isaiah 7:14. Luke tells the story in this particular way for a reason. Don’t forget his words in his opening paragraph: “I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:4). Luke wanted Theophilus (and us) to know that the coming Jesus fulfills Old Testament prophecies. In Jesus, God fulfilled promises He made hundreds of years earlier.

  • How does Luke’s inclusion of the facts about Joseph and Mary impact your faith that Jesus is who He said He was?
     
  • In what areas of your life do you need to be reminded that, through the Holy Spirit, the Lord is with you?

Respond
 
Father, thank You that because of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I can say the Lord is with me. I am so grateful to be reminded that Your promises have been fulfilled in Jesus and that He is the Savior. I need to know You are near and that You have me held close to You. Help me remember that today. Amen.

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