Sometimes the characters in a story take on a ‘larger than life’ quality.
It even happens in historical narratives, where those who did powerful things in life are made out to be ‘Super Human’.
One of those people is Mary, the mother of Jesus.
We tend to think of her as Super-stoic, Super-spiritual, even Super-perfect.
We think of her as “Mary-with-the-halo”, and we can’t relate to her.
But she was fully human, and had the very same emotions any other God-honoring young teenage girl would have if she was given ‘The News’ that she was going to be pregnant with the child of God!
This baby would change everything–in her life, as well as the rest of the world.
This baby would put in jeopardy her betrothal to Joseph, the Carpenter. How could he believe, after all, that she had “never been with a man”? How would anyone–family, friend, or community member?
She would most likely be shunned, if not worse!
Yet, when given the news, her response was “May it be to me as you have said”.
This young, teenage girl who’s life would be turned topsy-turvy said “Yes!”
That’s pretty amazing.
Read her story–or the beginning of it–in Luke 1:26-38 below (or from your own copy of God’s Word).
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you![d]”
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel[e] forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.[f]”
38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.”
The faith, the courage…all from a teenage girl!
How could she do that?
Surely she must have been raised on the prophecies of the Messiah. She must have been raised being taught to listen for God’s leading and to follow Him.
But here it was happening in her time, in her own life–hard to comprehend!
Yet, she says YES!
Watch this clip from the Nativity Story:
Consider and Discuss:
What do you think about Mary–her faith and courage?
Has there ever been a time that God has called you to do something ‘by faith’? Talk about it!
What are you doing right now to increase your willingness to listen for His voice, and to follow?
Pray that the Lord moves in your heart and mind to help you have more faith in Him and courage to follow.