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Summary: The Christmas story is amazing. It tells of our heavenly father’s love that leaves awe struck. Why? How?... We weren’t the first ones to ask such questions. Mary too wondered How such a thing could be. Now I know you likely have read this scripture for

Mary was the First to Carry the Gospel

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The Christmas story is amazing. It tells of our heavenly father’s love that leaves awe struck. Why? How?... We weren’t the first ones to ask such questions. Mary too wondered How such a thing could be.

Now I know you likely have read this scripture for about the thousandth time and are doubtful that anymore could be said from this passage.... this is what makes God’s word so amazing, for it is the living Word of God..

Luke 1:26-38

26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,

27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.

31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

32 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,

33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

36 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.

37 For nothing is impossible with God."

38 "I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

(NIV)

Famous Firsts

Virginia Dare

1587 --- 1st child born in the American colonies, on August 18th, on what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina.

André-Jacques Garnerin

1797 --- 1st parachute jump. Dropped from about 6,500 ft. over Monceau Park in Paris in a 23-ft.-diameter parachute made of white canvas with a basket attached (Oct. 22).

Charles Blondin (Jean Francois Gravelet)

1859 --- 1st person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope

Jesse James

1873 --- committed the world’s first train robbery on July 21. (Adair, Iowa)

Herbert Hoover

1874 --- 1st US President born west of the Mississippi

Annie Moore

1892 --- 1st immigrant to pass through Ellis Island. She was 15 years old and from County Cork, Ireland

Alexander Winton

1903 --- set the 1st land speed record in car racing. Set at Daytona Beach, his speed was 68.18 mph.

Arthur R. Eldred

1912 --- 1st boy to reach the rank of Eagle Scout -- the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America program. He was of Oceanside, NY.

Dolly, the lamb

1996 --- 1st cloned mammal.

And Mary the mother of Jesus was the First to carry the Gospel

Mary was entrusted with an overwhelming job. She was to raise the Son of the living God. As we have already noted in last weeks message it was under less than ideal circumstances. But Mary willing took on the impossible.

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