Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” 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. 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. For nothing will be impossible with God.” “See, I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
Luke 1:34-38 CSB
Elizabeth! She who had no children. Elizabeth?
Mary could not wait to find out, to step out of the surreal, and to keep walking toward the most amazing thing that had ever happened in her life!
Somehow, the fact that Elizabeth was also experiencing miracles made it seem less like a dream. She must visit Elizabeth!
Maybe the priest and his blessed wife could help Mary understand how she could be carrying the Son of God inside her body?? What did that mean? Would He be Spirit, or have a human body? Did he need his mother to nourish him and make sure He was clean? Would she need to send Him to school, or would He already know everything? What would He do to save His people from their sins? Her mind was reeling with questions and shock. She would ask to see her relatives right away…
Maybe you have struggled with a child being born of a virgin the way Mary did. When we think of it, that doesn’t make much sense though. God, Who created the universe, would surely have no trouble forming this Baby without the benefit of the male sperm. And the God Who would raise Jesus from the dead would find it simple for His Son to be born in a unique way. Everything about Him was unique! And so the prophecy was fulfilled.
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