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Summary: Responses are required to the message God gives us. This is #1 in a series of Responses to the Message of Christmas. Mary’s response is analyzed.

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INTRO:

1. This is the first in a series entitled "responses

to the Message of Christmas" in which we examine

the resonse of key characters in the Christmas story.

2. Today we will consider Mary...

a. a young virgin

b. approximately 12-13 yrs old

c. engaged to be married

d. life predictably planned UNTIL ONE DAY

WHEN GOD SENT AN ANGEL SPECIFICALLY TO HER

WITH NEWS THAT WOULD CHANGE HER LIFE.

LET US NOTICE:

I. THE REVELATION SHE RECEIVED(26FF)

A. ANGEL SENT DIRECTLY FROM GOD SPECIFICALLY

TO MARY (V.26)...(of all the other young

virgins, why Mary? Because God picked her!!)

B. THE MESSAGE

1. "You have found favor with God"

2. "You will bear a son, call his name Jesus"

3. "He will be great, and will be called the

Son of the Highest."

C. A CHALLENGING CONFUSING AND SOMEWHAT DISTURBING

MESSAGE...HOW WOULD SHE RESPOND??

II. THE RESONSE SHE GAVE (34-38)

**Did she have a choice? I think so. She could

have said: this is too complicated, too challenging,

and will interrupt my life...I cannot do that. BUT

SHE DID NOT RESPOND THAT WAY:

A. SHE WANTED MORE EXPLANATION

"How can this be since I am a Virgin?"

1. God can handle our questions...and as He

did through Gabriel, He will answer to the

extent that we need to know.

2.GABRIEL EXPLAINED:

a. the Holy Spirit will come upon you

b. the Power of the Most High will overshadow you

d. FOR THAT REASON (SEE ABOVE) your holy

offspring will be called the SON OF GOD.

c. Nothing is impossible with God

**we need to resume teaching the importance

of the Virgin Birth...Jesus being conceived

by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a pure

Virgin is FOUNDATIONAL TO OUR UNDERSTANDING

OF HIS SINLESSNESS!!

3. Once she understood that, she was ready

to fully respond.

B. SHE FULLY SURRENDERED

"Behold the bondslave of the Lord, Be it unto

me according to Thy Word."

1. She must have thought "since God can do the

impossible, and since He has honored me by

choosing me for this awesome responsibility,

then I will leave the details and outcome up

to Him...I will be available.

2. The task she had was challenging and

there were many uphill battles, but OH THE

HONOR...AND THE PROVISIONS OF GOD EACH STEP

OF THE WAY!!

3. PHILIPPIANS 1:6 (since God BEGAN this work

in me, he will COMPLETE IT.)

III.APPLICATIONS FOR US TODAY:

A. GOD HAS A PLAN FOR EACH LIFE.

B. HE MAY SEND AN ANGEL, BUT MOST LIKELY HE WILL

SPEAK TO US THROUGH SCRIPTURE, SERMON, SONG,

OR LIFE EXPERIENCES ABOUT HIS PURPOSE FOR US.

C. LIKE MARY, WE MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE DETAILS,

BUT WE CAN TRUST HIM TO COMPLETE WHAT HE BEGINS

IN US, AND WE CAN THANK HIM FOR THE HONOR OF

BEING CHOSEN TO BE A VESSEL FOR HIM.

D. WE SHOULD, AS MARY DID, SURRENDER BODY, SOUL,

MIND, SPIRIT, AND FUTURE UNTO GOD, WHO HAS

ALL OUR LIFE IN HIS HANDS.

**WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THE MESSAGE OF GOD WHEN

CONFRONTED? MAY IT BE POSITIVE LIKE MARY’S.


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