The Holy One of God

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
The Holy One of God
The Old Testament prophecies all pointed to Christ. The virgin would give birth and the Messiah would come in lowly estates. This was for certain, even if the people of Jesus’s day did not recognize it. And so, at the appointed time, the Lord sent His angel Gabriel to announce Jesus’ birth to Mary. And this young child, not yet married, did not run in fear or respond in disbelief but instead responds in faith. The Gospel of Salvation is announced to the mother of our Lord, and by announcing the Gospel, the Lord likewise calls us to faith and to bear Christ, not as our child, as Mary would do, but as the Holy One of God, our Savior. And in this faith, we, like Mary, are servants of the Lord, and we live according to His Word.
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