Mary Did Know
Café Menu for Friday, December 25, 2015
Today’s Special is: She Was Having No Ordinary Child
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Carolyn Dale Newell
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, “God with us.”
Matthew 1:23 NKJV
How did this teenage girl know that the child she was carrying would not only be her Savior, but also the Savior of the world? Mary’s response to the angel, Gabriel, showed that she knew the Old Testament Scriptures. Actually she understood them better than most, because she knew there would come a day when Jesus would have to die.
Mary was troubled at the appearance of Gabriel, but rarely does one get a visit from an angel (Luke 1:29). His news may have come as a surprise, but this was every girl's dream in Israel. When Gabriel explained to Mary that she was the blessed one, chosen by God to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah, she was not frightened by the news. She rejoiced at what God was going to do.
Though people would not believe her and probably scorn her, she knew she was giving birth to the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
She understood that this child was Immanuel, the God-Man, fully God and fully Man. Jesus Himself said,
I and My Father are one.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 NKJV
Yes, Mary knew, and she also knew that she needed a Savior just like each one of us. We have all sinned, but our sins can be forgiven because Jesus paid the sin debt on Calvary’s Hill.
He was born in a humble stable. He lived a sinless life. He died a cruel death on the cross to save us and give us eternal life in with Him.
Mary did know, but the question is do you believe? Have you received Christ as your Lord and Savior?
Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
If not, God has made you aware of that.
Why not seek forgiveness and accept His free gift of salvation?
Lord, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that You came to this earth, born of a virgin, and You died to pay for my sins. Cleanse me of all sin, and set me on the right path to serve You. I need You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
© 2015 by Carolyn Dale Newell. All rights reserved.
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Originally published Friday, 25 December 2015.