Mary’s Response

December 23, 2008

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your Word.'” – Luke 1:38

Picture the scene: An angel had just informed Mary that she, a virgin, would soon be pregnant and, as a matter of fact, will be carrying the Son of God. Not the sort of news a woman hears everyday and certainly not the kind of news a woman in first century Israel would welcome. She knew she would soon face the wrath and scorn of her friends and family and society in general – not to mention the man she was engaged to!

Think about what Mary could have done. She could have run away. She could have had an abortion. And, like many unmarried pregnant women in that time, Mary could have taken her own life. But how did Mary respond? She chose a different path. Folks, if ever you want to see a clear profession of faith, look at the next words from her mouth. Mary said, “I am willing to be a voluntary slave of the Lord. I am willing to be a servant of God. May what the word of God has said, may it come true!” What a woman! What a faith! Truly the greatest woman who ever lived, for nothing any woman has ever done or will do is more important than what Mary did.

So as you think about the significance of the Child she gave birth to and what He came to do – do you believe it? If not, will you choose to believe? Will you choose to follow the example of Mary and believe what God’s word says about her Son? Let me assure you, you will never truly experience Christmas until you do.