Our scripture reading today in Luke 1 verse 26 through 38 is known as “The Annunciation” for it is when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to be the earthly mother of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary was overwhelmed when she heard. After all, how could she be a mother. She was not even married yet and was still a virgin. But God wanted to announce Jesus coming in an unusual and powerful way, so the story of that first Christmas is filled with wonderment and miracles. All to tell the world that the savior had come. And you can believe this because as the angel said in verse 37, “No word from God will ever fail.”
(Luke 1:26-38) 26 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[b] 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. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.