Luke 1:26-37 (NLT):
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!”
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 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 the word of God will never fail.”
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 account of Mary is only recorded in the gospel of Luke. Imagine Mary…young, as in most likely a teenager, and engaged to Joseph. What an exciting time this must have been in this young woman’s life. And then, lo and behold, she’s visited by an angel; and, not just any angel, but Gabriel, the messenger angel. I can imagine that Mary was indeed confused and disturbed. Yet, her response is amazing. She replies, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” For such a young woman, her response is beyond her years. Her humility and faith shine like beacons. She was prepared for such a moment as this. The next nine months must have been difficult, as the community would think the worst of Mary, being young and pregnant before being married. But, Mary makes another wise choice. She goes to visit her relative Elizabeth. Her path is guided and protected by the Lord. Upon seeing Elizabeth and being greeted by her, Mary responds in what is known as the “Magnificant,” or “Mary’s Song of Praise.”
Luke 1:46-55 (NLT):
46 Mary responded,
“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
49 For the Mighty One is holy,
and he has done great things for me.
50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear him.
51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
54 He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.”
Mary’s response of praise shows her knowledge of the scriptures. She was prepared and ready to receive the greatest blessing from God-Jesus, the Savior of the world!