Mary Did Know
By Carolyn Dale Newell
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Matthew 1:23 NKJV
How did this teenage girl know the Child she carried would not only be her Savior, but the Savior of the world? Mary’s response to the angel, Gabriel, shows she knew the Old Testament Scriptures. Actually, she understood them better than most because she knew there would come a day when Jesus would have to die.
Mary was troubled at Gabriel’s appearance, but it isn’t every day that you get a visit from an angel (Luke 1:29). His news was a surprise, but it was what every girl in Israel dreamed about. Mary was not frightened when Gabriel explained that she was the blessed lady chosen by God to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah. She rejoiced in what God was doing.
Though people would not believe her, and they may scorn her, she knew she was giving birth to the King of kings and Lord of lords.
She understood that this child was Immanuel, the God-Man, fully God and fully Man. Jesus Himself said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30).
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
Yes, Mary knew, and she also knew she needed a Savior just like each of us. We have all sinned, but our sins can be forgiven because Jesus paid the sin debt on Calvary’s hill
He was born in a humble stable. He lived a sinless life, and He died a cruel death on the cross so we can be saved. Because of Jesus Christ, we can have eternal life in heaven. Mary did know, but the question is: do you know Jesus?
Have you received Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? If not, God has made you aware of that. Why not seek forgiveness and accept His free gift of salvation now?
I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that You came to this earth, born of a virgin, and You died to pay for my sins. Cleanse me of all sin, and set me on the right path to serve You. I need You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
Read Luke 1:26-56.
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Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.