In Matthew, we are told that an angel appeared to Joseph and told him of Mary’s pregnancy and of the significance of the child she carried. Joseph accepted what he was told and followed what the angel told him to do. (Matt. 1:18-24) An angel appeared separately to Mary, and told her of the child she carried and of his significance. She accepted what she was told and went to her relative, Elizabeth, where the child in Elizabeth’s womb, John the Baptist, leapt for joy, confirming what the angel had spoken of her and of Elizabeth. (Luke 1:26-45)
“And Mary said:
‘My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation….'”
Today, let your heart rejoice in the Lord. Worship Him in spirit and truth.
He did not come as people expected. He came in humble conditions. He came for the humble in spirit. He came not to rescue one generation; He came for all generations. He came not to free the Jews from Roman rule; He came to free all mankind and womankind from sin and death. He came not to sit on the throne of Israel; He came to sit on the throne of God in Heaven and to usher in the Kingdom of God on earth for all those who will accept Him and follow Him.
Today is the day we remember what He has done and what God says He will do. We treasure what God has done and look forward expectantly to the fulfillment of His promises. As Mary and Joseph once accepted what they were told and followed expectantly to see the fulfillment of God’s promise, embrace the angel’s statement to Mary: “no word from God will ever fail.” (Luke 1:37)