Luke 1:26-34 (HCSB)
26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. 30 Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you will call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end. 34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?”
II. IT’S MESSY: How Can This Be?
III. IT’S MYSTERIOUS
Luke 1:35, 38 (HCSB)
35 The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.
38 “I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.
IV. IT’S MORE THAN
Luke 1:36-37 (HCSB)
36 And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Genesis 18:9-14 (ESV)
9 They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” 10 And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD?
Ephesians 3:20, 21 (NIV)
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
V. Mary’s Heart
Luke 2:19 (ESV)
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
VI. Call His Name Jesus
Luke 1:21 (HCSB)
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
VII. At His Name
Luke 2:20 (HCSB)
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.