“You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus.” (Luke 1:31 HCSB)
An angel shows up one day to Mary and says “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Can you imagine what had to be going through Mary’s head and heart!!! An angel appearing before her and talking with her! What would you have done! I think that I would pass out!!! And yet God chooses her… a 14 or 15-year-old… a teenager … to carry the Savior of the World!
“You are to give him the name Jesus!” (vs. 31) “This is the first proclamation of our Savior’s personal name since the beginning of time! Jesus. The name at which every knee will bow…every tongue will one day confess… a name that meant absolute salvation… a name with power like no other name. Jesus! What a beautiful name.” (2)
The Bible doesn’t tell us if Mary had any advanced warning that this encounter was going to show up in her life… or do you think maybe she knew something was up but not sure what that may look like? God works like that sometimes. As we walk closer and closer with him we may not see an angel but we know that God is doing something remarkable in our life and just don’t quite know what that is sometimes. It’s like He reveals things at the right time, through divine opportunities and/or when we least expect it. And over the years I have realized when God does show up in moments like this, unexpectantly, it will be for the benefit to bless others. In this case she would be carrying something so very precious…
The Savior of the World!
(1-2) Jesus, 90 Days with the One and Only / Beth Moore / B & H Publishing