In my last post, I talked about a sweet Jewish girl named Mary and how she was betrothed to a young carpenter named Joseph. The angel Gabriel came to her and told her that she was going to give birth to a son and she was to name him Jesus.
Mary was going to be the mother of the Messiah!!
I've read that she was probably about 13-15 years old at the time. She had never been with a man, yet she was pregnant.
Who in their right mind is going to believe that one??
Now, to sell it to her fiance'.
Let's read it.
Her family must have been absolutely mortified. When Joseph heard it, he was also mortified. The social stigma alone would have driven anyone to separate themselves from Mary.
So the angel Gabriel visited Joseph and explained the fulfillment of the prophecy. What faith it must have taken to believe and follow God's direction in spite of what society thought. What an awesome demonstration of love both Joseph and Mary showed for their Heavenly Father and for each other.
I wonder how they both felt knowing that they were going to be the parents of the Son of God! Frightened, blessed, honored, awe-struck, humbled, or just plain blown away!
Next, I'll talk about Mary going to visit the one person who could empathize with her situation, her cousin Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.