In Luke chapter one, we read of the faith of a young girl, Mary,who brought forth the birth of the King.
When we read of the birth of Jesus we often treat Mary as just a humble vessel for the use of God in order to bring forth Jesus to this world as a human. Mary was hardly mentioned unless we are doing a nativity play for the festive season at year end. Is Mary worth mentioning? Has she got anything to do with healing?
Yes. Today we read of faith. We need faith to be saved. We also need faith to be healed.
Mary has to have faith. Who has ever heard of a virgin who remained pure without contacting the opposite gender became pregnant? Who would believe her? She must have parents, siblings, hordes of other relatives and neighbors. The whole Jewish community for that matter. Mary sure had a hard tome convincing anyone. What would her own fiance, Joseph say? Any sane normal man would not believe such a story.
Mary accepted the message sent by God through the angel. After she accepted the angel disappeared. There was no one to prove her statement. But she accepted anyway and lived on bravely. In fact a few days after she received the ‘shocking’ news and the supernatural conception of the Holy Son of God by the Holy Spirit, she went visiting her cousin Elizabeth. There she received an independent confirmation of God through the Spirit-filled baby John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb.
Yes, Mary has faith beyond what we are normally called to exercise. Which young girl of 14 wants to be in her shoes? In Luke chapter one, Mary was alone accepting the responsibility and she agreed. She felt honored to be given the immense task.
Reading her magnificat, Mary’s song of praise, we realize that she was absolutely sure of God’s reality in her life. She prophesied, “For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.” This prophecy came true. Henceforth all generations will call her blessed. Did Mary see this during Jesus’ life time? No. He died a sad and defeated death. But Mary waited with the other disciples. When she saw the resurrected Jesus she knew the prophecy had come true. She was one of the 120 disciples who saw Jesus raised to heaven; thereafter they waited in an upper room in Jerusalem and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit on pentecost day, just as Jesus had promised. Mary knew she was blessed. She waited more than 33 years for this to materialize. but history has proven that her faith in God was not in vain. All the stigma associated with her ‘mental issue’ (in the eyes of unbelieving world) and ‘premarital pregnancy’ was totally and forever wiped out. God exists. His words are true. Mary was vindicated.
Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by 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. The virgin’s name was Mary.28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”[c]
29 But when she saw him,[d] she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise
46 And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
54 He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.