A Virgin Named Mary

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

Luke 1:26-27

We all know the story of the angel coming to Mary and telling her about the fact that she would have a Son and that Son would be Jesus, the Christ.  It’s a wonderful passage of scripture that we will look at for a few days.  But before we get into the message that the angel Gabriel brought, I would like to look at this young girl, Mary.

From the Scriptures, we don’t get the idea that Mary was a rich, famous person.  She did not come from lavish surroundings.  She was not a princess or queen or woman of renown.  She appears to have been just an ordinary girl living in the ordinary city of Nazareth.  She didn’t even live in Jerusalem.  She was espoused to a man named Joseph, who was an ordinary carpenter.  Her fiancée was apparently not a famous man nor a man of great wealth or power.  It was in the midst of all of these common, ordinary surroundings that the Lord Jesus Christ would be born.

Sometimes we may feel that we are “ordinary.”  There may be no great, exciting characteristics in our lives.  But Mary was all of these things.  She was a common girl, doing what she was supposed to be doing.  She was there, living her life in obedience to the Lord.  She was not a nun – she was engaged to be married and was probably excited about that, as any young girl would be.

We can take an example from the life of Mary and just do what we are supposed to do, all day, every day.  And God will bless our ordinary, obedient life.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben
    Simple. Ordinary. Mary.
    Jesus – the carpenter’s son.
    Not much fanfare for one who would change the course of history…

    I wonder what would happen if we ‘simply’ allowed Him to do what He wants to do in our lives…

    Blessings
    ann

    Reply

  2. I’m sure that He would do great and amazing things with our simple lives if we allow Him to lead us and work through us!

    Reply

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