But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name 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 the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Luke 1:30-33 (NIV)
The Christmas message is coming a couple weeks early this year. However, in this installment of Sunday Morning Word, we are going to focus on the virgin Mary.
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is one of the most important doctrines of Christianity, foretold in Genesis three when God said to the serpent (Satan), “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
We already know that the seed comes from man. So why is God saying that the woman will have an offspring? He is prophesying the coming of the Messiah. He knows that the Messiah cannot come from man because, thanks to Adam, who sinned against God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the Messiah would be born into sin. The only way Jesus Christ could live a perfect life, free from sin, and die on the cross to save the world, was if he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. “The Holy Spirit will come upon 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” (Luke 1:35).
So what if Mary wasn’t a virgin? God wouldn’t have been able to use her. Does that mean Jesus would’ve never been born? No way! God would’ve simply found someone else, another virgin. See how easily we could miss the favor of God? In 1 Corinthians, chapter six, Paul says, “The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Corinthians 6:13). When we stay pure in the Lord and obey His commands, He can use us for His purposes.
When the angel Gabriel told Mary the plan God had for her, Mary answered, “I am the Lord’s servant . . . May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). She didn’t complain. She didn’t question or doubt God. She didn’t ask, “But what about my future husband, Joseph?” She simply submitted to the Will of God.
Do you not know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Don’t lose the favor of God trying to do your own thing. Mary remained pure, and because of her purity, she gave birth to the Son of God. She was the mother of the Savior of the world! Just imagine what great and mysterious plans God has in store for us if we only obey his commands stay true to His Word.