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Christmas Eve – Luke 1:26-36,38 (24.12.19)

Christmas Eve
Luke 1:26-36,38 NIV
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, [27] to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. [28] The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” [29] Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. [30] But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. [31] You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. [32] He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, [33] and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” [34] “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” [35] The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. [36] Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. [38] “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Through Advent we’ve been reflecting on Old Testament prophecies in the Bible looking forward to the coming of the Messiah and his work. Today for Christmas Eve we move to the last of these prophecies, this time found in the New Testament. Mary, the angel declares, will give birth to the child who as promised will reign on David’s throne for ever! I’m not sure what’s more astonishing, however, the promise or Mary’s response…

Can you, as Mary, say ‘I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled’? What is it that God is saying to you?

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