Summary: Mary was invited to trust … will we trust God? Will we invite others to trust Him because of what we have received? Or, will we invite others to(at a minimum) experience what we’ve seen and heard?
Mary is invited to trust
- Today’s Message is titled, “Mary is invited to Trust”
- Advent is a wonderful time of year for all Christians to celebrate
-- However, there is something that gets lost in the hustle/bustle of the holiday
-- APP: It is what I want to focus these next few weeks on and learn from
- “advent” means: an appearance or an occurrence of something; a revealing
- “invitation” means: the action of inviting someone to go or to do something
- What’s critical for us to see in this study is simple (big idea up front)
-- Before someone can go see something … an invitation is always required
- Read Luke 1:26-38
∆ Point 1 – You are Highly Favored (v26-28)
- Mary receives the greatest news from one of God’s angels, Gabriel
-- Who is Gabriel? Gabriel is a messenger of the Lord (not an arch-angel)
-- He is not a warrior or one with supreme power/authority (myths/legends)
- Used in OT and NT to deliver news of an impending event/word from God
-- EX: He explained Daniel’s visions to Him; used here to foretell Jesus’ birth
- His words to Mary no doubt shocked her, but there is assurance given (v28)
-- God’s message to her is comfort; not shame/fear – but tenderness
-- Gabriel informs her that God has found favor with her … but why?
- IMP: Something to see here: God’s choices are ALWAYS deliberate
-- 2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
-- APP: God is constantly looking to use those who are committed to Him
- And so, God did not choose Mary by picking a name out of a hat
-- His choice in using her was for His purpose; which Gabriel announces
-- (v28) “… YOU who are highly favored” is a decree and pronouncement
-- It is you, Mary, that I will use for my purpose … and in that there is comfort
1. When God impresses on your heart to do something; how do you react?
2. Do you submit to Him because of all that He has done -- or do we shy away?
- TRANS: We see that initially, Mary was obviously very troubled but …
∆ Point 2 – Take comfort: God’s Promises are True (v29-33)
- IMP: God’s comfort and peace will ALWAYS accompany His promises
- Mary appeared troubled to the angel, perhaps it was on her face or in her heart
-- Again, the response from God is one of comfort: “Do not be afraid” (v29)
-- RE: How many times has God told persons in the Bible to not be afraid?
- Before battle:
-- Joshua 1:6-9, “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”