The Virgin Says Yes

Perplexing questions from Scriptur4412161_se often challenge me to look for the answers. Since we are celebrating the birth of God, let’s start there. What prepared the teenage virgin Mary to submit so willingly to Gabriel’s annunciation? She accepts the messenger from God, according to Luke 1:34: “How can this be, Mary asked the angel, since I am a virgin?” Why such an innocent response? She was not frightened, only startled. She accepts the message from God, according to Luke 1:31, 35: “You will be with child and give birth to a son . . . And the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Why such a willing spirit? She doesn’t say, “Give me time to discuss this with my mother.” She accepts the mission from God, according to Luke 1:38: “Let it be to me according to your word.” Why such submissiveness? She said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord.” She said Yes. When we examine Mary’s hymn of praise, we discover she has the answer for us. “My soul magnifies the Lord.” “And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” “He has regarded the lowly estate of his servant.” “The Mighty One has done great things for me.” Mary’s praise in Luke 1:46-55 consists of more than fourteen Old Testament references from the Law, the Psalms, and the prophets. So how did Mary prepare herself for the annunciation? She filled her heart and mind with the Scriptures. Remember, she had no scrolls to read or memorize. Only her time spent standing in the Court of the Women, straining to listen to the Pharisees and teachers. Since she knew those holy words, Mary was ready to be the Mother of God. We can learn a powerful truth from this young mother. “Get into the Word and the Word will get into you.”

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2 thoughts on “The Virgin Says Yes

  1. DEAR EMILY AND LEON, YES …MARY WAS READY TO BE THE MOTHER OF GOD! THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND YOUR SHARING …I PRAISE GOD FOR YOU BOTH. I WISH YOU A BLESSED DAY TODAY AND ALL THE DAYS AHEAD…OUR GOD IS SOVEREIGN. IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME, RUTHE

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