God became man.  Born to die and live again so that mankind might be born again and never die.  The message of Christmas is the message of Easter.  Christ was born under the shadow of the cross.  He came to give his life so we might live.

The Christmas story starts in a temple and ends in a stable.  God has been planning Christ’s birth for a long time.  It wasn’t sudden. (Isaiah 7:14 predicts it as does Micah in the Old Testament.  Matthew 1 records Isaiah 7:14.)

Jesus’ Birth Foretold

In Luke, Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her she is favored by God and will be blessed by a child.  Gabriel says she is to call him Jesus (Luke 1:32) and:

  • He will be great.
  • Called the Son of the Most High.
  • His kingdom will never end.

Mary responds “How can this be?” and Gabriel tells her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her.  The Most High will overshadow her. (Luke 1:35)  He also tells her that her relative, Elizabeth who was barren, is with child and that nothing is impossible with God.  (Luke 1:37, see also Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17 and Matthew 19:26)

Mary’s Response

  • She accepts and responds with humility, “I am the Lord’s servant.” (Luke 1:38)
  • She’s willing to submit her life to whatever God had for her.  “May your word be fulfilled.”
  • She trusted the Word of God and believed.

Our Response

1. God may be calling some of us to be ‘Gabriel’s’ — to share the message of Jesus to the world.  Your job may be to be an angel to co-workers, family, or neighbors.  You don’t need to understand it — just give the message.

2. Maybe you need to be ‘Mary.’  Humble yourself and accept the Word of God.

Our job is to accept on faith because without faith, we cannot please the Lord.