“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. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail.”
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:26-38 NLT)
Here we watch Gabriel come to the village of Nazareth, small and unremarkable, never mentioned in the Scriptures before this. The village of Nazareth, soon to be forever identified with Christ the Savior and so very remarkable now, grace so undeserved.
Here, the redemption story begins and the story unfolds — a virgin called Mary betrothed to a man named Joseph, a descendant of king David. Now to conceive and later give birth to the Son of the Most High, the One who has come to save the humankind. This little babe making all sad things come untrue, our holy Savior come to walk that lonely road to Calvary. Here, the Miracle of miracles come to fulfill the prophecies, this time to come for us hopeless ones where death will die and life will begin.
This Christmas story unfolding, piecing together a miracle after a miracle — and piecing together our hearts as well, a miracle after a miracle.
We find that very same question rise within us, “But how can this happen?” Yet, here, we see — that the greatest things can happen in the smallest, most unremarkable town of all towns. That the most unlikely story of all can start unfolding in one conversation, the appearance of one person or an angel. That even our stories can now be told with a beginning like the story of Elizabeth, “People used to say she was…” or like the story of Mary, “Don’t be afraid, for you have found favor with God.”
Beloved, this Miracles of miracles is the story of amazing Love come down, the Glory of heaven in flesh to give us life. The Redemption’s story now ours, we have been forgiven and covered in grace. We can begin new now.