I’ll Be Hope for Christmas
Wk 4 Mary: Hope from the Ordinary
Dec 20, 2020
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord (God’s Servant); may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Jesus’ Mom, Mary:
Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Calling
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And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?
How can ordinary people bring extraordinary hope?
1.Don’t Be Surprised When God Surprises You.
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.
- Nothing is Impossible with God
For nothing will be impossible with God.
- God Will Stop at Nothing to Accomplish His Will
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.
God Uses Ordinary People to Bring Extraordinary Hope.