LUKE 1:30 “And the angel said unto her, fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.”
The Homiletics Course I studied in Bible College in the late 70’s introduced me to a number of “sermonic patterns.” There are various ways of crafting messages for the pulpit that allow a person to uncover many hidden truths to edify the Body of Christ. One of my favorites is called “The Implicational Sermonic Pattern” because it “implies” something about the person, place or thing under consideration. While reading the Christmas Story from Luke’s account, I realized that this statement by the angel implied something very special about the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. There were many virgins in Israel at the time, but God chose Mary out of all the rest to be impregnated by the Holy Spirit, let’s consider some reasons why.
1. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.” Vs.38
From this statement by Mary, we can understand that she had made a deep commitment to serve the Lord from her youth.
A male person would identify themselves as a “servant” of God, a female counterpart would be a “handmaid.” The word actually means “maid servant” or “female servant.” A servant is one who is at the masters bidding ready to obey every command. The first reason God chose Mary above the rest was because of her proven obedient spirit.
2. “Be It Unto Me According To Thy Word.” Vs. 38
The second implication regarding God’s choice of Mary is her “faith.” She was prepared to believe and act on God’s naked Word without any other physical evidence, this is what the Bible calls “great faith.” In MATTHEW 8:5-8, Jesus tells His disciples the Centurion had “great faith” because he required no other evidence besides the Word of Christ to believe his servant was healed.
- God have me this definition of great faith more than 35 years ago, “Faith, or acting on the Word of God without having any extra evidence in the five physical senses, will release the power in God’s Word into your spirit.”
This Word from God brought miracles of healing to my family on numerous occasions.
Mary had the faith needed to believe the miracle of the Virgin Birth. Elizabeth confirms the faith of Mary in vs.45, “Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her by the Lord.”
3. “The Low Estate of His Handmaiden.” Vs.48
This statement surely implies that Mary had a “proper estimation of herself” know as
“humility.” Pride has often been called an “overestimation of yourself” or
“high mindedness.” Mary didn’t take any credit for being chosen, but she showed great humility in giving God all praise and honor for His work in her life. Humility releases favor in ones life. PROVERBS 22:4 “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.”
4. “My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord.” Vs.46
Here we find that Mary was a “worshipper” in soul and spirit.
- LUKE 1:46-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
She turned her testimony into a song of praise and worship to God called, “The Magnificate.” Being a true worshipper of God brings one into close communion with the Father of spirits, and introduces the worshipper to the “heart of God.”
The implications of Mary’s life resulting in being the chosen one to bring God’s Only Begotten Son into the world are taken directly from this passage of scripture and can be used by any one of us to qualify for a significant assignment from the Lord.