Luke 1:28-33 (New American Standard Bible)
And coming in, Gabriel 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.”
This has to be the most amazing monologue ever uttered in the history of our world. The angel was apparently a cut-to-the-chase kind of being. No time wasted on small talk! After a very brief introduction, Mary was informed that she would become pregnant with the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah.
Every child is a blessing from God, an incredible miracle wrapped up in a tiny package. From a couple of cells inside a mother’s womb, multiplying at an incredibly fast rate over days and weeks and months, growing from the size of a grain of rice to a recognizable mammal shape. Then, finally, into a completed, beautiful baby, ready to experience the world. New life is an awe-inspiring gift!
But what a promise Mary received! Can you imagine? To be told that your child will be extraordinary. He will be great, the Son of the Most High God! His kingdom will never end. The Messiah. Mary’s faithful, simple life and been– in the span of a few seconds– changed forever.
What is the most life-altering news you’ve ever received?