God’s Preparations for Christmas
Updated: Jun 29, 2022
God’s plan for the Messiah who will come to save us was revealed to us in the third chapter of Genesis. Then, God reiterated His plan to save us by sending us the Messiah with specific promises and further details to Abraham, David and the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah, and Zachariah. Every time, it was clear that God’s plan will be accomplished through people.
In Luke 1, the time has come for the Messiah to come into the world. God sets in motion His plan through the people He has chosen. Out of His great love for them, He sends His angel to tell them and/or their husbands that they are going to soon become parents of the “Messiah announcer” and the Messiah! But knowing God’s plan is not easy. Many times, it puts fear, doubts, and confusion (verses 18, 29) in our hearts. Instead of letting her confusion and fear overcome her, Mary chooses to trust God (verse 38).
In any society, it is not easy to be an unwed teen mom – and the hardships will be overwhelming when society wants the teen mom to be judged for adultery. In the most magnificent act of worship, Mary gives everything God has given her, including her body and her reputation as a righteous woman, to God. She trusts God to be with her when her pregnancy will cause excruciating circumstances.
Through all our life circumstances Jesus has promised to be with us always, and God invites us to obey Him, just as Mary obeyed Him (Matthew 28:19, 20).
Read Luke 1. Listen to Luke 1.
List of verses foretelling Jesus' birth: Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:12-17; Isaiah 7:14, 9:1-7, 52:13-53:12; Jeremiah 23:5-6, 32:37-40, 33:6-9, 33:14-18; Daniel 2:31-45, 7:13-14, 9:24-27; Micah 5:2-5; Zachariah 9:9, 13:7, 14:1-11