Tuesday, December 6, 2016

25 Thoughts on Christmas # 6

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,  to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.  Gabriel appeared to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!’ Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  ‘Don’t be afraid, Mary,’ the angel told her, ‘for you have found favor with God!  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.’” (Luke 1:26 – 31)


God just has this habit of choosing the least likely people to accomplish His work.  During that time of history, Jewish men would start their prayers by saying, “Thank You, God, that I have not been born a gentile or a woman.”  The only time I’ve ever prayed anything like that was when my wife was giving birth … “God, I am so thankful I am not a woman!  There’s no way I could do that!”  But, here is God, doing what He does best … choosing the least likely to accomplish His mission of bringing people far from Him back to Him.  He is about to change the course of all human history … the most important three decades in the history of mankind are about to begin and God has chosen the least likely person to set it all in motion … a teenage girl named Mary. Christmas is just one more reminder of the fact that this is how God works.  He chooses the least likely … He chooses the unwanted, the unloved, the unworthy, the ones no one else notices and He turns toward them and says, “I want you.  I choose you.”   

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