Luke 1:26-27 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
Mary-The Hebrew name is Miryam.
The Gospels of Matthew and Luke describe Mary as a virgin.
Mary was a young virgin girl from Nazareth in Galilee. She was preordained from the foundation of the earth by God to become the Mother of "Jesus," our Savior. "Immanuel, God with us!"
Mary's conception and birth of Christ was prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah hundreds of years before it even took place.
Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: The virgin[a] shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6-For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Among all the woman on earth, God chose Mary, a young virgin girl from Nazareth to be the Mother of His Son, Jesus Christ, who would be the Savior of the world.
As a way of announcing this miraculous conception and virgin birth to Mary, God sent His angel "Gabriel" to her with a message that "she was highly favored of the Lord and that the Lord God was with her. She is considered blessed among women for God had chosen her out of all the women in the world to be the Mother of His Son, Jesus."
At the time of this greeting from the angel Gabriel, Mary was "betrothed" (engaged to be married) to Joseph.
In other words, a mutual promise, agreement or contract for a future marriage had already taken place, but the wedding ceremony itself had not yet come, even though the betrothal was one of a marriage in a sense.
Take a moment and try to imagine in your mind the persecution, rejection, gossip Mary had to deal with. Think about the possibility of even death that could have, but did not happen to Mary. BUT GOD!
Joseph, Mary's betrothed husband, had been disturbed by the news of this "holy spirit conception and birth" therefore, he had considered putting Mary away and calling off the wedding ceremony because he knew that He had not been intimate with Mary and he was not the father.
God in his infinite wisdom, sent His angel to visit Joseph.
Let's listen to Matthew 1:19-20-Then Joseph her husband, being a just man and not willing to make her a public example, had in mind to divorce her privately.
20 But while he thought on these things, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for He who is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
Being a young virgin, engaged to be married and being pregnant prior to the marriage was looked down upon during that time. I am sure Mary had a heaven burden to carry in the society in which she lived, but God saw her through it.
The conception of this baby was not by a human seed but by the very "SEED" of God Himself. Therefore, the child would be sinless.
Mary was a young girl who was full of courage and faith for when the angel Gabriel said unto her in vs# 31-" you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son."
Mary's reply was this in vs#34-“How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
Having revealed to her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her, and the power of the Highest will overshadow her, Mary responded with these profound words in vs# 38-“I am the servant of the Lord. May it be unto me according to your word.”
What is your response to the call of God in your life on today? Is it willful submission or prideful rejection?
God wants to use all of us for His Glory. He wants to do a good work in us.
Are we like Mary in our willingness to say "I am Your servant Lord, be it unto me according to your will." Is this desire of your heart?
Who was the virgin Mary? The Mother of the Savior of the World. DO YOU KNOW HIM?