He Will Be Called Son of God
After a 400-year period in which God’s people, Israel, did not hear from God, a new era dawned with the announcement of Jesus’ birth. After hundreds of years of silence, God spoke through angels and the Holy Spirit to announce the arrival of the Messiah, the Son of God. This week, we will study the many announcements of Jesus’ arrival in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In these announcements, we see how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies we studied last week (and many others) and we learn more about who Jesus was and why He came.
In our passage today, we see the incredible announcement God’s angel Gabriel made to the young Mary. How unexpected this announcement must have been! Although Mary would have grown up learning about and yearning for the coming Messiah, she could not possibly have thought she would bear Him in her womb. And yet, this is how God chose to rescue us from our sin—He chose to come and be one of us in Jesus and experience all that we experience, though without sinning, in order to save us.
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.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his 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.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
- What stands out to you the most in Gabriel’s announcement to Mary? Why?
- What are the words and phrases Gabriel uses to describe Jesus? What do each of these reveal about Jesus’ identity and mission on earth?
- What does Mary’s response to Gabriel reveal about her?
- What is God asking of you or inviting you into in this season of your life? What would it look like to say, as Mary did, “I am the Lord’s servant”?
God, thank You for coming to this world in Jesus to rescue and redeem us. Thank You for coming to rescue and redeem me. Fill me with the courage and faith I see in Mary. Speak to me by Your Spirit and give me the ability to say yes to whatever You ask without delay. I am Your servant. Amen.
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