The Story of Mary
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
Can you believe it’s already December? Ready or not, this weekend we kicked off our Christmas series!
If you’ve been with us these past few months, you know we’ve been looking through the “short stories” of the Bible – some of the little books near the back that don’t get much attention. In this series, we’re focusing on some short stories that you might be more familiar with – Mary, Joseph, Herod, and most importantly, Jesus. Every weekend until Christmas we’ll dive into each individual’s story and see the part that they played in the greatest story ever told!
This weekend we looked at the story of Mary in Luke 1. A young girl from the small town of Nazareth, Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph when she was visited by the angel Gabriel. This is when he told her some very big news. Cal broke this up into seven statements:
- You will conceive and give birth to a son
- You will name him Jesus
- He will be great
- He will be called Son of the Most High
- The Lord will give him the throne of his father David
- He will reign over the descendants of Jacob forever
- His Kingdom will never end!
Talk about some big news! Mary was thoroughly confused by all of this. If she was a virgin, how would she become pregnant? This is not like Zachariah, questioning God, this is more like Mary questioning herself. How will this happen? Gabriel assures her – God’s got this, don’t worry. Mary accepted and took part in the beginning of the greatest story ever told. She said YES! Of course, this isn’t a “happily ever after” story; life got a lot harder for Mary after she agreed to God’s plan. Her reputation was tarnished, her marriage was challenged (as we’ll see next week), and her heart would be broken when she witnesses all the horrible things that would one day happen to her son. From this moment on, her life was forever changed, but it was changed for the better!
Saying “yes” to God opens the door to the impossible. Where in your life have you shut God out? Have you dismissed a struggle, your marriage, job, finances, or relationships to be too difficult for God? What if you just trusted God and let Him worry about the “how”?
Come back next week and we’ll explore Joseph’s story. Don’t miss it!
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Luke 9:23; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:46; Psalm 132:11; Isaiah 7:14; Proverbs 3:5-6
“Anything God has ever done, he can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, he can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, he can do for you.” A.W. Tozer
In case you missed it, Cal introduced our Christmas series by talking about a story that a lot of us know and love – Star Wars! He showed us his Jedi skills by wielding a lightsaber on stage… but he had no idea a Sith Lord was poised to strike at the 10:30 service in Mesa. A Rebel camera droid was brave enough to capture the encounter on film…
Joy to the World – Central Music
Here for You – Matt Redman
O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship