LESSONS FROM THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS

BIBLE READING: LUKE 1:26-38

“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” Luke‬ ‭1:38‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Consider Mary on that very first Christmas, she was a single girl, about to be married and she had her future ahead of her. All of sudden an Angel appears and tells her she is about to be pregnant and give birth to the messiah. “And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:35-37(NKJV)

What was running through her mind at that time? If she was to be married to Joseph, what was his reaction going to be when he discovered that his wife to be was pregnant? Did she consider that the best that could happen was that Joseph would call off the marriage and that he could denounce her? What were her parents going to say, and what about her reputation in the town? She was going to be seen as an adulteress. Did she stop to consider the consequences of a pregnancy outside wedlock? She lived in a society where adultery was punished by stoning to death, yet here was this angel telling her she was about to be sentenced to death. What was she thinking?

Mary’s response was that of submitting and yielding to God’s will and purpose, trusting that God who had the plan would see her through and work it out completely, and He did.

When God gives you a Word, irrespective of what you think, you must learn to trust Him and yield to His plans and purposes. Mary yielded to God and became the mother of the saviour of the world. All the fears and worries of what could go wrong were taken care of by God. In the same way, if God has spoken, trust Him and hold unto His Word in faith and all the things you were afraid of will fall into place and God’s ultimate purpose will be done in your life.

PRAYER:
Father, I apologise and repent from doubting your Word. I receive Grace to believe you at all times in Jesus Name, Amen.

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