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Mary’s Candle of Hope – Immanuel God with Us

Luke 1:26-38 (1588)


Video from Bluefish – Hope

  • Put yourself in the story
  • What is Christmas about for you – (Hope)


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.


Vs 26-27 – Culture & history in this passage

  • Why sixth month – prior story (Zechariah)


Vs 28 – Gabriel shows up again

  • Greetings (chairo) – rejoice, be glad
  • Highly favored (charitoo) – translated correctly
    • What comes to your mind
    • Look what Mary did


Vs 29 – Mary had a problem with this greeting

  • Mary didn’t think herself worthy
    • Mary did not think of herself “blessed among women” (Vs 42)
    • She saw her life as grace abounding


Vs 30-33 – Gabriel says accept this gift

  • I know you don’t get it… you don’t have to

Vs 34 – What does Mary say…

  • How will this be… since I am a virgin
    • Vs 18 – Zachariah… How can I be sure…?

Vs 35-37 – Gabriel knows Mary can handle more

  • He gives her more information
  • Confirms what Mary is hanging onto

Vs 37 – Nothing is impossible

Vs 38 – Mary’s response

  • To what lies ahead
  • Come Lord Jesus – Let your glory fall
  • She had a bigger picture (Eph. 3:17) So that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith


Is your hope in that God is with you

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