Advent 2018

Day 5. The angel and Mary

Advent 2018 - Day 5. The angel and Mary
Wednesday 5th December 2018

Luke 1:26-33

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, 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 favoured! 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 favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him 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 Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

We now see another strand in what God is doing when the angel Gabriel appears to Mary, a young girl in Nazareth. She is the one who will give birth to God’s son, a unique and very special privilege. We do not know why Mary was chosen for such a high calling. Perhaps it was because she was especially devoted to God and full of faith. What we do know is that God chooses to work through people, in particular those whose lives are given over to him. Mary was young, but that was not a barrier. She was ready and willing to be part of God’s salvation plan. Hopefully, we are too.

Thank you, LORD God, for bringing your never-ending Kingdom into our world through the obedience of a teenage girl. Today I want to live as someone who carries that Kingdom in my life.


James. Now to live the life
The book we’re learning from this autumn term is James. Written by James, Jesus’ half-brother, it’s a small letter found in very last pages of the Bible