And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.
SUDDENLY HER LIFE CHANGED FOREVER
These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ:
His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph, a carpenter. But while she was still a virgin she became
pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, was a young girl, probably only in her teen years, when the angel Gabriel came to her. Mary was an ordinary Jewish girl, looking forward to marriage.
WHO WAS MARY
Mary is Primarily Known as the Mother of Jesus Christ, the
Savior of the world. She was a willing servant, trusting in God
and obeying his call upon her life.
Jesus' mother Mary is mentioned throughout the Gospels and in ACTS 1:14. Mary's hometown was Nazareth in Galilee. Her known relatives were; Zechariah and Elizabeth
Mary became a wife, mother and homemaker. Her natural
children with Joseph were, James, Joses, Judas, Simon and some
Mary is mentioned by name in the genealogy of Jesus, in the annunciation, in Mary's visit with Elizabeth, in the birth of Jesus, in the visit of the wise men, in Jesus presentation in the temple and in the Nazarene's rejection of Jesus.
In Acts, she is referred to as "Mary, the mother of Jesus." Although Mary's calling held great honor, it would demand great suffering too. There would be pain in childbirth and motherhood, as well as in the privilege of being the mother of the Messiah.
Although she would be highly honored as the mother of the Savior, she would first know disgrace as an unwed mother. She nearly lost her fiance'. Her beloved son was rejected and cruelly murdered. Mary's submission to God's plan would cost her dearly, yet she was willing to be God's servant.
GOD'S CALLING ON MARY
God knew that Mary was a woman of rare strength. She was the only human being to be with Jesus throughout his entire life—from birth until death. She gave birth to Jesus as her first born baby and watched him die as her Savior.
Mary was young, poor, and female. These qualities made her unsuitable in the eyes of her people to be used mightily of God. But God saw Mary's trust and obedience. He knew she would willingly serve God in one of the most important callings ever given to a human being.
God looks at our obedience and trust—typically not the qualifications that humans consider important. God will often use the most unlikely candidates to serve him.
A Baby Changes Everything