And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:26-35 KJV)
The Angel Gabriel was sent by God to speak of great news to a divinely chosen virgin named Mary. Mary was not just any woman. She was a woman handpicked and highly favored by God who was to carry the infant Jesus Christ in her virgin womb supernaturally ushering in His birth in this world.
This “spiritual nugget” was a significant piece of news which was delivered personally to Mary by an angel this day.
Mary was single but spoken for by Joseph, they were formally engaged to be married. Mary had never been with a man and perhaps was alarmed at the news that she was with child and would give birth to a son who was to be called Jesus. Mary did not yet understand exactly how or why her womb had been divinely filled with this baby, through the supernatural power of God, rather than being conceived in natural fashion like all other babies born on this earth.
Gabriel was an angel who was sent to bring both Mary and Joseph divine understanding of this supernatural event about to commence in their life.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 1:20 KJV)
This was a special spiritual event which was both unexpected and unheard of before in this world. It was necessary for God to provide enlightenment to this young couple who were about to fulfill prophecy, and share in parenting a divinely conceived and spiritually perfect child, Jesus who was to be born soon upon this earth.
Even in the Old Testament, as found in the book of Job 14:4, it was understood that all children born in this world were born with a sinful heart condition from birth.
Mary was to give birth to a son who the Bible says the angel Gabriel described as:
“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest…”
This child certainly was to be special and different.
A popular Christmas song enjoyed by many today asks us to contemplate upon some prodding questions about this spectacular birth event mentioned in scripture verses Luke 1:26-35. This song asks us to consider what exactly did Mary know about this divinely conceived son who was to be named Jesus upon his birth?
The words of this popular song Mary Did You Know written by Mark Lowery:
Mary did you know that your baby boy Would someday walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy Would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy Has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered Will soon deliver you.
Mary did you know that your baby boy Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy Will calm a storm with His hand?
Did you know that your baby boy Has walked where angels trod?
When you’ve kissed your little baby Then you’ve kissed the face of God.
Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?
The blind will see, the deaf will hear The dead will live a-gain
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak The praises of the Lamb.
Mary, did you know that your baby boy Is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy Will one day rule the nations?
God’s Word does give us definitive answers to all the questions raised in this song .
Lyrics: Mary did you know that your baby boy Would save our sons and daughters? Did you know that your baby boy Has come to make you new? This child that you’ve delivered Will soon deliver you. Mary, did you know that your baby boy Will one day rule the nations?
Yes! Mary did know for the angel Gabriel was directed by God to tell Mary how God was going to use her life to bring about The Ruler of the nations, the Son of the Highest who would rule forever:
“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end…”
Mary was a lot like you and I. We personally know God, we desire to serve God, and we know about the supernatural power of God, but we cannot ever comprehend or understand every spiritual detail or immutable characteristic about Him and His work in us and through us as we sojourn in this world. God is infinite, while we are human and limited or finite in our comprehension of Him, from this side of heaven.
It takes faith to walk with God. Mary exercised great faith.
Mary had the supernatural visit of the Angel Gabriel to communicate to her about God’s plan for her life, but even hearing about this plan did not allow her to view it from this earth. She had to rely on great faith in God to “cement ” God’s will for her in her heart.
Today we have God’s Word which was inspired to be recorded and is preserved by God (Psalm 12:6-7) for us to study and seek God’s will to our life.
When mankind has a completed spiritual relationship with God in the eternal realm he will understand fully all things of God he now accepts by faith. We too can permit God to will and work in our life without reservations as Mary did!