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Mary Did Know, Do You?

 

Mary Did Know…Do You?

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 that the child she was carrying would not only be her Savior, but also the Savior of the world? Mary believed the angel Gabriel’s message when he spoke to her. Mary’s response to Gabriel demonstrated her vast knowledge of Old Testament Scriptures. Actually, she understood them better than most because she knew a day would come when Jesus would have to die.

Mary was troubled at the appearance of Gabriel, but it isn’t every day you receive a visit from an angel (Luke 1:29). His news may have come as a shock, but it was what every girl in Israel dreamed about.

When Gabriel explained to Mary that she was the blessed one chosen by God to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah, she was not frightened by the news. She rejoiced in what God was going to do.

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 recognized her babe as 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 realized she needed a Savior just like each one of us. We have all sinned, but our sins can be forgiven because Jesus paid the sin debt on Calvary’s cross.

A king was born in a humble stable, with animals to welcome Him into the world. He lived a sinless life, and He died a cruel death so we can be saved and have eternal life in heaven. Mary did know, but the question is: do you believe? 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 today? Tomorrow may never come. We are not promised another breath. What an amazing gift that will be for your loved ones who have been praying for you.

Lord, 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.

DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 1:29-38.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Christmas is a time of miracles. The greatest gift we’ve been given is the free gift of salvation. Who can you share the gospel with today?

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

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Throwback Thursday: The Gift

THE GIFT

 

And she brought forth her firstborn Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,

And laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7 (NKJV)

 

As we wrap our gifts this Christmas, focus on the gift that Mary wrapped in swaddling cloths, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true gift of salvation to all who repent (Acts 2:38). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23). This gift of eternal life is more precious than anything we can wrap in shiny silver or gold paper. It is the gift that rescues us from eternal damnation. While Jesus Christ spoke to the woman at the well, He said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

Even the faith we place in Christ and the grace by which God saves us are gifts. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8).

Salvation is so much more than eternal life in heaven. A Christian is never alone. God is always there providing for us, protecting us, and purifying us. He hears our prayers and calms our fears. His love for us is without measure.

Christmas is a very busy time. Make time for Christ this Christmas season. There was no room for Him at the inn when He was born, but Christ must be a priority in the life of a Christian. Praise Him and meditate on the excellent gift that He has given you.

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the gift of salvation, the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We praise Your holy name! Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read these verses and notice what each one says about the “gift of God”: Acts 8:20,

Rom. 5:15-18, James 1:17.

 HIKING THE TRAIL

As you find yourself in conversations about gifts, even at the check-out, tell people about the gift of God – Jesus.

 Copyright 2012 Carolyn Dale Newell.