Focal Passage: Luke 1:26-38
When a couple gets married, they leave the altar with many tokens of the vows just exchanged. Together, each has the other person as well as a host of family and friends to bear witness to the promises made. Separately, each has a wedding ring to spur the memory of their lifelong commitment. Such reminders are necessary, because fallen creatures often break their promises.
God does not.
God’s promise of redemption begins in Genesis 3:15 following the Fall, when God assures the serpent that a descendant of the woman would come to crush his head. The biblical storyline follows this prophecy through the line of Abraham and the nation of Israel, taking on very specific predictions about who this descendant would be and what he would accomplish. When we read the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus, there can be no doubt that He is the one for whom the Old Testament saints were waiting, even though His own did not recognize Him.
In Luke 1, the author wastes no time in pointing to the coming of Jesus as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy regarding the Messiah.
In verses 26-38 there are three specific indicators that this is so: (1) Jesus would hail from Galilee which fulfills Isaiah 9:1-7. (2) Jesus would be virgin-born, a fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14. (3) Finally, Jesus would be of the tribe of Judah, specifically a son of David, which fulfills the prediction made to David in 2 Samuel 7:8-17.
Even still, this knowledge is too wonderful for us.
We are often fearful and confused with regard to the commands of scripture, but we, like Mary, can trust in the character and providence of God to keep His promises.
Mary did not find favor with God because she was special, she was special because she found favor with God. His grace called her and calls us too, to humbly obey and watch as He fulfills His plan in us and through us.