Awestruck: Day 9

You Are to Call Him Jesus

Read Luke 1:29–33
Mary was greatly troubled at [Gabriel’s] words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Listen to God’s promises in the words of Gabriel: Jesus will be great; He will be called the Son of the Most High; He will reign on the throne of David; He will reign forever; He will have a kingdom; that kingdom will never end. Could Mary really have taken in all that was being described in this moment? These were eternal promises made to a limited human being (as we all are). What could she have been feeling as she experienced Gabriel’s presence and heard his words?

  • As you read God’s promises in the words of Gabriel, which one stands out to you the most? Why?
  • Reflect on how Jesus is described in this passage. What encouragement, hope, or anticipation do those descriptors bring you?

Father, I need daily reminders of Your promises. I can lose perspective and forget the big picture—the truth that Jesus reigns and that His kingdom will last forever. Thank You for saving me and inviting me into that kingdom. Help me remember what’s true and what matters today. Amen.

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