May it be to me as you have said

Luke 1:28; 30; 35; 38 …”Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” …But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God…The angel answered,”The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…For nothing is impossible with God.” I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.”  Then the angel left her.

I have not posted in quite some time, but I could not let the Christmas season pass without spending some time praising our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  Have you ever been so afraid you were literally paralyzed?  Imagine for a moment how a young teenage girl would feel when approached by an angel.  If that were not enough to cause such fear, he delivered news that she could scarcely comprehend–she was to be the mother of God.

Look for a moment at some of the key statements in these scriptures, and if you have time look up Luke 1:26-38 in your Bible and read the entire verses to give you a better understanding of the dynamics of this meeting.

  1. Mary was highly favored and God was with her
  2. Mary responded by saying she was the Lord’s servant
  3. Mary further responded by saying, “May it be to me as you have said.”

How does one find favor with God?  We know God’s favor cannot come through works, because Isaiah 64:6 says, “our works are as filthy rags.”  It is only through faith that any of us can receive God’s favor, and by His grace which was prepared for us from the foundation of the world.

Mary lived in a time when a woman found guilty of adultery was subject not only to divorce but possible stoning.  Although Mary was quite young she would have been aware of the implications of pregnancy outside of marriage.  Yet, she responded, “May it be to me as you have said.”

God gave His only Son that we might live; Jesus was born to die upon a cruel cross that we might be reconciled to the Father.  In 1 Sam 15:22 we are told obedience is better than sacrifice.  May we have the courage of our convictions and the power of faith in He whose birth we celebrate each December to respond as Mary, “may it be done to me as you have said.”

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