For the rest of December I am going to leap ahead in the study and focus on Mary the Mother of Jesus. During this Advent season as we all rush around like crazy trying to find the right present and make sure to see Santa and be everything for everybody, I think we need to pause and consider what the season is all about. What better way to do that than to take a look at Mary and prepare as she did for the birth of her Son, our Brother, Jesus Christ.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not from you; it is the gift of God: it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork,, created in Christ Jesus for the good works, that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NAB)
God tells a simple ordinary woman that she is to be the mother of the Son of God. Thirty-three years later that same ordinary woman lets that son go to his grisly death. Throughout Jesus’ life, Mary had many opportunities to deny her faith, to deny her God by refusing to do the things He asked of her. Instead, each time she responded in faith, sacrificing her fears and dreams to do the will of God.
In the sixth month, the angel Babriel was sent from God to a towno of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph of the House of David. (Luke 1:26-27)
Read and ponder:
- Luke 1: 26-38
Instead of asking the expected questions of the angel, Mary responds from her humble faith. (Luke 1:38).
Questions to Ponder:
- What is the angel asking of Mary?
- What is Mary’s response?
- What are other ways Mary could have responded?
- What questions would I ask of the angel?
- Would I be able to step out in the faith Mary demonstrated?
Lord Jesus, make me more like your blessed Mother, Mary. Give me the courage to say, Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. Luke 1:38 (NAB)
Have a Blessed Advent season as you prepare for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
All for the Glory of God,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand