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THE BIRTH OF JESUS FORETOLD

LUKE 1:26-38** (NLT) **IN THE SIXTH MONTH OF ELIZABETH’S PREGANCY, GOD SENT THE ANGEL GABRIEL TO NAZARETH, A VILLAGE IN GALILEE, TO A VIRGIN NAMED MARY. SHE WAS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED TO A MAN NAME JOSEPH, A DESCENDANT OF KING DAVID. GABRIEL APPEARED TO HER AND SAID, "GREETINGS, FAVORED WOMAN! THE LORD IS WITH YOU!" CONFUSED AND DISTURBED, MARY TRIED TO THINK WHAT THIS COULD MEAN. "DON’T BE FRIGHTENED MARY," THE ANGEL TOLD HER, "FOR GOD HAS DECIDED TO BLESS YOU! YOU WILL BECOME PREGNANT AND HAVE A SON, AND YOU ARE TO NAME HIM JESUS. HE WILL BE VERY GREAT AND BE CALLED THE SON OF THE MOST HIGH, AND THE LORD GOD WILL GIVE HIM THE THRONE OF HIS ANCESTER DAVID. AND HE WILL REIGN OVER ISRAEL FOREVER, HIS KINGDOM WILL NEVER END.

THIS IS THE TRUE NEVER ENDING STORY, NOT A MAKE BELIEVE CHILDREN’S STORY. HOWEVER, MARY, STILL LIKELY TERRIFIED, BUT ELATED, THAT A STRANGE MAN SAID THIS TO A YOUNG AND UNMARRIED VIRGIN WHO COULD BE STONED TO DEATH FOR HAVING A CHILD OUTSIDE HER MARRIAGE. VERSE 35**THE ANGEL REPLIED, "THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME UPON YOU, AND THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH WILL OVERSHADOW YOU. ……….FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD."

THE ANGEL GABRIEL ALSO INFORMED MARY THAT AN ELDERLY CHILDLESS RELATIVE (ELIZEBETH) WAS SIX MONTHS PREGNANT. A FEW DAYS LATER, MARY HURRIED TO A TOWN IN THE HILL COUNTRY OF JUDEA TO THE HOME OF THE ELDERLY RELATIVES ZECHARIAH AND ELIZEBETH LIVED. WHEN MARY GREETED ELEZEBETH, VERSE 42** "YOU ARE BLESSED BY GOD ABOVE ALL OTHER WOMEN, AND YOUR CHILD IS BLESSED. WHAT AN HONOR THIS IS, THAT THE MOTHER OF MY LORD SHOULD VISIT ME! WHEN YOU CAME IN AND GREETED ME, MY BABY (JOHN THE BAPTIST) JUMPED FOR JOY THE INSTANT I HEARD YOUR VOICE! YOUR ARE BLESSED, BECAUCE YOU BELIEVED THAT THE LORD WOULD DO WHAT HE SAID.

MARY’S SONG OF PRAISE

OH, HOW I PRAISE THE LORD, HOW I REJOICE IN GOD MY SAVIOR! FOR HE TOOK NOTICE OF THIS LOWLY SERVANT GIRL, AND NOW, GENERATION AFTER GENERATION WILL CALL ME BLESSED. FOR HE, THE MIGHTY ONE, IS HOLY, AND HE HAS DONE GREAT THING FOR ME. HIS MERCY GOES ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, TO ALL WHO FEAR HIM…………………………

YOU CAN BE BLESSED ALSO IF YOU BELIEVE OUR GOD WILL REDEEM YOUR PERISHING SOUL WITH THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB OF GOD (THE MESSIAH, CHRIST JESUS). HOWEVER, YOU MUST HUMBLE YOURSELF AND ASK FORGIVENESS FOR YOUR WICKED SINS. GOD IN HIS MERCY WILL BLESS THE FEW (PERHAPS EVEN YOU) WHO FEAR HIS AWESOME WRATH FOR THE WICKED, BUT SHINE ON THOSE THAT LOVE HIM BY KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS! REJOICE HERE AND NOW WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT GOD WILL BLESS YOU TODAY AND GIVE YOU THE GIFT OF EVERLASTING LIFE WHEN YOU COME INTO HIS KINGDOM.

OTHER GREATLY BLESSED WOMEN ENDOWED WITH THE BLESSING EXTENDING FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION: SARAH, MOTHER OF ISSAC (GENESIS 21:1-5), WIFE OF MANOAH GAVE BIRTH TO SAMSON, A PHYSICALLY POWERFUL JUDGE OF ISRAEL (JUDGES 13:24-25), HANNAH GAVE BIRTH TO SAMUEL, THE LAST JUDGE OF ISRAEL. HOWEVER, MARY GAVE BIRTH TO THE GREATEST OF ALL, OUR SAVIOR, THE MESSIAH CHRIST JESUS, THE LAMB OF GOD.

ROMANS 10:9**NIV**THAT IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH, "JESUS IS LORD", AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED. ** THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE GIFT OF GOD WHEN MARY SAID "OH, HOW I PRAISE THE LORD, HOW I REJOICE IN GOD MY SAVIOR!" WHY NOT ACCEPT THIS GIFT FROM THE MOST HIGH AND LET HIS LIGHT SHINE ON YOU FOR EVERMORE?