But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 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, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:30-33 (NIV)
Some Very Sudden News
Mary Mother of Jesus has just been told by the angel that she will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. She’s just a child herself, living in a culture that is adamantly opposed to sex before marriage. And now she is learning that she is pregnant—the Bible says (in the KJV) that she had known not a man.
The New International Version calls her a virgin. In main-stream religions, it is widely held that Jesus Messiah was the result of a virgin birth.
At a time when possibly every young maiden would have been mortified and desperate on hearing such news, Mary stood strong.
It is apparent to even the casual reader that this young woman possessed a deep-seated faith in her God, In the verses following closely behind the above-quoted passage, we read one of the most beautiful praise songs that are written in scripture.
A Moment of Praise
Mary starts out by singing to her Lord, “My soul glorifies the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” This girl is perhaps only thirteen or fourteen years of age; she’s just learned that she is pregnant even though a virgin; and yet, she is praising her God.
A few verses later, she continues, “The Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is His name.” Our God is sovereign. He is in control, and He orchestrates all of history to glorify His name and bring to fruition His bold scheme for His children.
Mary got it. She most surely realized that God had a plan for her and that it was a good plan. She didn’t complain; she praised Him for the great thing He was going in her life.