SCRIPTURE READING — LUKE 1:26-35
Luke 1:31 — “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus.”
Nobody, not even Joseph, and most definitely not Mary anticipated it in the slightest. A child is born before the couple is married; a son was conceived without either parent having sexual relations, however, that may have happened. He would be holy, someone who was dedicated to God. Whatever it could imply, Jesus would be the Son of God in that case. That is exactly what the angel said to Mary.
Mary inquired about the process through which this would take place. The angel foretold that she would be visited by the Holy Spirit. Who in their right mind has ever heard of such a thing? Joseph and Mary believed that a child would be a blessing from God, regardless of whether or not they had one. But they had no idea that this would happen.
Even though their child would be conceived in an unheard-of manner, He would be delivered through the standard course of human life. He would go with his normal routines of eating and sleeping. He would develop normally throughout His childhood. He would be conventionally instructed in the family business.
There would not be anything that was out of the ordinary about their kid for quite some time. Not until the Holy Spirit, who would eventually come to rest on Mary, would also come to rest on their son. Their Son would be called by the Spirit to go out into the world and save people from their sins.
Luke 3:22 — and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; in you I take great delight.”
That mission would develop in ways that none could have anticipated. However, their youngster would continue to make progress. For the sake of the glory of God, he would persevere down the route of that mission with a giving heart, a fearless spirit, and hardened soles.
Jesus, you are the one who first modelled faithfulness and went on to perfect it. Your steps got us to the destination ahead of schedule. As we follow in your footsteps, may the movement of our feet never cease. Amen.