In Luke 1:28-38, the angel Gabriel arrives to give Mary a special announcement. Besides telling her that she was going to give birth to a Son and call His name JESUS, he also told her three other things. First, Gabriel told Mary that she was highly favoured. Second, he told her the Lord was with her. Third, Gabriel told Mary that she was blessed.
As believers in Christ, the three things Mary was told are also true for us.
(1) We are favoured. Ephesians 1:6 reads, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” In this passage the word “accepted” can be translated as “highly favoured.” How can we as imperfect sinners be accepted or favoured by a perfect God? Jesus the Christ was born as a man to live a perfect life and die a perfect death. Because all that Jesus did was fully accepted by God, everyone who believes in Christ is also fully accepted by God. Thanks to His grace, we have found favour in His sight and have been accepted in the Beloved.
(2) The Lord is with us. All of Christmas can be summed up in three words: God with us. The birth of Christ brought the ethereal presence of God into our dark world. Matthew 28:20 reads, “Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” God believed in us enough to send His Son to save us. He freed us from the chains of sin when we deserved to remain in bondage. We can hardly handle His glory, but He still shows us His love. We are not alone. We do not have to be afraid. God will never leave or forsake us.
(3) We are blessed. Ephesians 1:3 reads, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” We have no need to worry or be anxious about anything because God has blessed us with everything. Even above material things, we have been blessed with spiritual things. Above present rewards, God has promised us eternal awards. And because God has blessed us, we should bless Him.
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