Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph. . . . And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” - Luke 1:26-28
“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Try to imagine being the good girl, Mary, and experiencing this greeting from an angelic being. He says that she is “favored” and the Lord is with her! How was she favored by God? She was chosen out of all the women on the earth that have ever lived to carry and bear the promised Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the Creator of the Universe, the “God with us” Immanuel.
So, in my western-cultured-Christianity way of thinking, what would a favored one look like? Well, the pregnancy would be well protected. God would provide her with top of the line Neiman Marcus maternity clothes. She should stand out as a favored one, don’t you think? She is carrying royalty that is far more impressive than Prince William and Duchess Kate! And what about the delivery? It would be prearranged in a prestigious hospital with the best maternity suite available where her family and friends could be with her. And, of course, it would be a sterile environment lest any type of germ affect the God-child.
But that’s not how the story goes. Mary, the favored one, more than likely faced the scorn of being an unmarried, pregnant, young woman. She could be stoned. Her mother and relatives probably didn’t understand or believe her. Her fiancé considers divorcing her. Where is the favor in that?
Does your confidence wane when the outlook is grim? Don’t let that shake your faith. The story continues tomorrow.
Open Range Fellowship
Lone Jack, Missouri
One-Year Bible Reading
3 John 1:1-15