The Virgin: Dec. 7
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And 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 call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:26-38
In Scripture, a couple that had not been able to have a child were often God’s chosen vessels for the arrival of a mighty servant of the Lord. (As previously mentioned, Sarah, Hannah, Samson’s Mother, and Elizabeth all fit into this category.)
Yet Mary was different.
Her child would not merely be highly unlikely, even unheard of, or even normally impossible as was the case with those other women—He would be a categorically, without-question, no-doubt-about-it Divine Event. He would be a miracle beyond every other miraculous birth. Mary would have a Son supernaturally within her through the Divine creative power of God himself. He would be truly Mary’s Son—formed using her own body, and yet truly a Divine Miracle, formed without a human father.
And since this child came in this miraculous way, He also did not inherit the sinful nature that every biological son of man receives from Adam. He would be miraculous in His conception and unique in His perfection. This event, announced by a heavenly messenger, and received by a young girl with remarkable faith, revealed God’s eternal purpose to bring His own Son, incarnate, into the world. This miracle is not meant for us to worship Mary, but rather for us to be in awe at the greatness of this One who came into the world unlike any other man throughout human history. Behold, the Son of the Virgin—Behold the Divine Miracle—The son of Mary who is the Eternal Son—Jesus Christ.