In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:26-28
A lot of people don’t know how young Mary was when the angel told her she was going to become pregnant with Jesus. Mary may have only been thirteen or fourteen years old. This may seem crazy to us now, but in Bible times, people got married and had children at younger ages. Mary became widely known as the “Mother of Jesus” and had such an important job. She was to carry, deliver and raise God’s Son, Jesus. When the angel gave Mary this news, she was troubled. This news had to be so shocking and scary! God had chosen her to fulfill one of the most important tasks ever. I bet she also felt discouraged. The man she was supposed to marry was a man named Joseph. He likely wanted to break their engagement upon learning the news of her pregnancy. I bet Mary also felt confused as to why God would choose her to carry His Son. He could have chosen anyone, but He chose Mary! Even though she had so many feelings, she trusted the Lord. I admire Mary a whole lot for her courage and bravery. She is one of the strongest women ever. She was able to trust God through something both equally scary as it was exciting. Mary is an inspiration for us to know that we can be brave and trust in God, too. She has given us hope that as a teenager God can use us to do big things.
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