Jesse Tree - Day 17

Day 17 - Mary

Bible Ref: Luke 1:26-38, Ornament: Angel Gabriel

There was a young girl who lived in Nazareth.  Her name was Mary and she was engaged to a man named Joseph.  One morning, Mary was minding her own business when, suddenly, a great warrior of light appeared – right there, in her bedroom.  He was Gabriel and he was an angel, a special messenger from heaven.

Can you imagine how you would feel if an angel suddenly arrived in your bedroom? When Mary saw the tall shining man standing there, she was very frightened.

“You don’t need to be scared,” Gabriel said.  “God is very happy with you!”

Mary looked around to see if perhaps he was talking to someone else.

“Mary,” Gabriel said, and he laughed with such gladness that Mary’s eyes filled with sudden tears.  “Mary, you’re going to have a baby.  A little boy.  You will call him Jesus.  He is God’s own Son.  He’s the One!  He’s the Rescuer!”

The God who flung planets into space and kept them whirling around and around, the God who made the universe with just a word, the one who could do anything at all – was making himself small.  And coming down....as a baby.

Wait.  God was sending a baby to rescue the world?

“But it’s too wonderful!” Mary said and felt her heart beating hard.  “How can it be true?”

“Is anything too wonderful for God?” Gabriel asked.

So Mary trusted God more than what her eyes could see.  And she believed.  “I am God’s servant,” she said.  “Whatever God says, I will do.”

Sure enough, it was just as the angel had said and nine months later, Mary was almost ready to have her baby boy.