“The virgin’s name was Mary.”– Luke 1:27
Mary, a virgin, was betrothed to Joseph. Jewish betrothal was as binding as modern marriage. A divorce was necessary to terminate the betrothal. The law regarded them legally as husband and wife. We know that Messiah would be of the house of David. God gave this through the Davidic covenant. “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever” (2 Samuel 7:13). In Luke’s gospel and Matthew’s, we see Joseph and Mary’s genealogies traced through king David.
Gabriel came to Mary, as he did to Zacharias. Mary’s response to this visitation was much like Zacharias’. She was troubled. She never expected to see an angel and receive special favors from heaven. She had no foreknowledge of this privilege. Had Mary been different than others and set aside for this work in advance, this would not have surprised her. The angel tells her that she is highly favored among women, full of grace. Full of grace is a term used of all Christians (Ephesians 1:6). This portrays Mary as a recipient of divine grace, not a giver of it. Notice he did not say above women, but among them. Although we do not minimize Mary’s importance in God’s plan, we also recognize her Son and Savior above all others.
A right view of the incarnation of Christ hinges on the truth that Jesus was of a virgin birth. This testifies of both His deity and His sinlessness. Our Lord and Savior came to seek and save that which is lost. The gift given is salvation through Jesus. When you accept Him and believe by faith that Jesus is Lord, you shall be saved!
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”– Isaiah 7:14