15 Day Advent Before Christmas – Looking for Hope (Day 1)

Luke 1:28 “And the angel came in unto her, and sail, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art you among women.

As the 1st century approached the world, we discover the Jewish nation’s life was very dim and bleak.  It’s been almost 400 years since they heard a “word” from God.  Most of the people knew of the prophecies spoken many years ago by the prophets of a coming Messiah, so where is He?  Where is this Messiah spoken of by the prophets?  Were they wrong, did they speak falsely?

The Jewish nation then was invaded by the Romans and their cultural influence was also now mixed with Greek, there seemed to be no “hope” for the survival of their nation.  One can only imagine the thoughts of the people who were under the control of a then cruel nation.

Not too far away, in the town of Nazareth, a young virgin maiden by the name of Mary was busy going about her household chores.  As she worked, her thoughts were on her upcoming marriage!  She would soon be married to a carpenter by the name of Joseph.  Having been betrothed for almost a year their wedding day was fast approaching, much still need to done, she thought.

While Mary was busy in thought, suddenly an angel by the name of Gabriel, sent by God, appeared before her.  Gabriel greeted Mary with the most beautiful and welcoming words that every woman desires to hear “Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women” (Luke 1:28).  Mary became puzzled by this greeting, so Gabriel comforts her with the most amazing words of “fear not Mary: for you have found favor with God!”  He doesn’t stop there, he continues his message from God with “and behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David:  and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.”  Imagine 400 years of silence from God and when He does speak, He sends an angel to deliver the message to Mary with the news of a Son to be born.

Mary’s response to the angel, “how shall this be seeing I know not a man? The angel explains how it will be and tells Mary “for with God nothing shall be impossible.”  The hope for the world is “for with God nothing shall be impossible.”  God, through Gabriel, told Mary she has been called to carry the Son of the Most High God in her womb.  What an honor!  She will carry God’s Son, who will be born a King with an everlasting Kingdom!  Mary’s response to Gabriel is most astounding for a girl of her age; “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word” (Luke 1:38)

Friends, the birth of King Jesus is “hope” for your family!  The birth of King Jesus is “hope” for world peace!  The birth of King Jesus is “hope” for eternal life!   Jesus is the “hope” the world is seeking!

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