The story of Christmas has been with the Christian church for almost 2,000 years.
It is rooted in the very beginning of creation as God promised Adam and Eve that there would be a redeemer to come.
David as a young king over Israel had a burden to build a temple to God and God told him through the prophet Nathan that this was not to be the case but rather that God would make a King to come from David’s line that would be eternal and that that kingdom would be forever (2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 from our Lectionary readings)
David wrote in Psalm 89: “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations ... I have made my covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.”
This brings us to Luke 1:26-38 as the virgin Mary is busy about the house and the angel Gabriel makes as a final announcement to Christmas.
“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 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 favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But she was troubled, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour 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, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel 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.”
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”
I would simply suggest we ponder the final words of Mary as she yielded to the will of God in this truly unexpected moment for her life. How do we respond as God speaks into our own lives this Christmas Season.
Rev. Jon Bergen