Luke 1

Gabriel makes another stop – he goes to see Mary.  As you would expect she was “thoroughly shaken” when greeted by the angel.  But check out what Gabriel shares with her.  The normal angel line – “you have nothing to fear”.  But then he says this: “God has a surprise for you”.  Wow – that is a bit of an understatement.  Mary is going to become mom to the Son of God and Gabriel calls that a surprise?  But this truth really is key guys – the description of the Son she will give birth to – “He will rule….forever – no end, ever to His kingdom”.  Have you thought about that lately.  Jesus will rule forever.  Forever.  That is not a short stint like the kings we just finished reading about.  Jesus will be on the throne for eternity.  We serve a Savior that will always be in charge.  Check out Mary’s response here.  She has just been scared half out of her wits and here is what she said: “I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve….Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled”.  She was immediately ready to serve God and fulfill the role He gave her.  Is that your response to God’s call on your life?  Do you jump up and get right after it?  Sometimes I don’t – I sort of wait around and see if it fits my schedule or seems like it really needs to be done.  Not Mary – she got her call and took immediate action.  And she did it with all her heart.  Check out what she says when she sees Elizabeth: “ I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing with the song of my Savior God”.  Realize she just found out she is an unwed mother.  That was not an acceptable situation in her day.  People like her could be stoned for such.  Yet she is focused on her call and leaving the details to God.  Her heart is lined up with service and obedience to the Father.  Oh that I would have that kind of passion to walk where He wants me to go.

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