Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of
Galilee named , to a virgin
betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s
name was Mary. And having come in, the
angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed
are you among women!” But when she saw
him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting
this was. Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb
and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son
of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father
David. And He will reign over the house
of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this
be, since I do not know a man?” And the
angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the
power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is
to be born will be called the Son of God.
Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old
age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be
impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the
maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel
departed from her. ( Nazareth Luke 1:26-38)
We live in an age of doubt—sick with skepticism and plagued by pessimism. Our generation echoes the cynical question Pilate posed to Jesus, “What is truth?” Most seem to believe the only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth! That is a bleak outlook on life and leads to hopelessness.
But, really, is there any hope?
Luke 1:26-38 is a text that
trumpets, “Absolutely!” In the
annunciation to Mary by the angel Gabriel we find a number of reasons for
hope. Several certainties are
communicated to God’s people that provide
encouragement. In fact, without these
realities we would be hopeless. This
will be the subject of our study this week.