Summary: "For nothing is impossible with God."
The events described in Scripture regarding the birth of Christ actually happened. It begins in the home of a young girl named Mary who lived almost 2,000 years ago in the Town of Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and it culminates with the visit of the Magi and the subsequent flight into Egypt by the Holy family. There is much that we don’t know about this extraordinary event. What we do know is that at one unique instant in time, so unique that it divided every other event into "before" and "after," God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world. He came, as we all do as a newborn baby; yet His birth changed the course of history and profoundly impacted our human race.
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.
The story unfolds in the small town of Nazareth some 6,000 miles from here, where out of the blue the Angel Gabriel appeared to this young Jewish woman named Mary who was pledged to be married to a carpenter named Joseph.
He tells her she is very special, and not to be afraid. Getting right to the point, he tells her that she has found favor with God and will shortly become pregnant with God’s Son, that His name is to be "Jesus" which means, "the Lord is salvation;" and that He will be a king whose kingdom will last forever.
If you were Mary how would you respond to this news?
Mary asked Gabriel, “how this could be?” given the fact she was a virgin. You see Mary lived at a time when God had not been supernaturally active in Israel for over 500 years. They weren’t accustomed to angels showing up; things like that just didn’t happen. Understandably, Mary wanted an explanation.
Gabriel realizes that he needs to help Mary understand what is about to happen to her. So he explains that she will become pregnant through a Divine miracle when the Holy Spirit overshadows her and that the child will be the Son of God. To validate this explanation, he tells her that her relative Elizabeth is six months pregnant - you see Elizabeth was barren and well beyond childbearing age, yet through divine, supernatural intervention, she was pregnant with John the Baptist.