THE great promise coming true

Posted Dec 3, 2021

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Daily Scripture

Luke 1:28-33

28 When the angel came to her, he said, “Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!” 29 She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. 31 Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. 33 He will rule over Jacob’s house forever, and there will be no end to his kingdom.”

Reflection Questions

Living in the obscure town of Nazareth, Mary had no reason to expect to lead a life that was exceptional. When God’s messenger greeted her with the words, “Rejoice, favored one!...God is honoring you,” Luke said the words confused her. With eyes that saw things human eyes could not, God had chosen her to become the mother who would miraculously bear the Messiah who all Israel had awaited for centuries.

  • The angel said to Mary, ““Rejoice, favored one!” But that didn’t mean tinsel and bright lights, much less luxury and comfort. “Mary’s blessing… was a blessing of purpose, of new life, of relationship, of participation in what God was doing in the world. Her blessing brought hardship, confusion and grief, but it was still a blessing.”* Do you ever wish God’s favor toward you meant not mission, but simply happiness and ease? How did Mary’s life exemplify the sacrifices God’s favor may call for?
  • Gabriel’s words to Mary evoked Isaiah 9:2, 6-7’s brilliant promise. It said a descendant of David would bring “a great light on those living in a pitch-dark land.” He would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” It was not just a promise—it was THE promise at the heart of all God’s promises. Can you imagine Mary’s feelings as it slowly dawned on her that she was the one who would bear the long-promised child?


Lord Jesus, you were, and are, the dawn from heaven, the light in the darkness that my life needs. Open my eyes to take in and rejoice in the continual dawning of your light. Amen.

* Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, sidebar “Blessing” in The CEB Women’s Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2016, p. 1288.

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