Summary: A narrative of Mary recounting her Christmas. This comes mainly from Lukes account (NIV Bible)of her story, those things she treasured and pondered in her heart.
Mary mother of the Christ: a narrative of her Christmas account: Luke1:26-2:19.
(Narrator) There was undertaken an eye witness account of the things that were fulfilled at the time of Christ, these were handed down from eyewitnesses, the Apostle Luke carefully investigated everything from beginning to end. This is, in part, his account of the testimony of Mary, the wife of Joseph and the mother of Jesus ‘called the Christ’.
(Mary) Nazareth is my home town, it is a town in Galilee and it was here that I received the news, from the angel Gabriel.
His words were these;
(Narrator) “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”
This troubled me and not just a little, it troubled me greatly, what were these words about and what kind of greeting might this be?
I was obviously shaken for he said to me;
(Narrator) “Do not be afraid, Mary you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
(Mary) I was still confused and asked Gabriel “How could this be?” For at this time I was not yet married to Joseph.
Gabriel said this;
(Narrator) “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over shadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the son of God, Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
(Mary) What could I say, what a blessing and I an unassuming girl, my reply was to declare that “I am the Lords servant and may it be as you said Gabriel” The angel then left me.
I hurried and went to visit my relative Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah. Elizabeth tells me that when I called out my greeting that her baby leaped within her.
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and called to me;
(Narrator) “Blessed are you among woman, and blessed is the child you bear!
(Mary)Then she said;
(Narrator) “Why am I so favoured that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leapt for joy, blessed id she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
(Mary)Then I said:
My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour, for he has been mindful of the state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has preformed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.