Humanity started its wait for the promise when Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden by God because of their sin. Because of the Fall, the snake (which represented the Devil) and the woman became mortal enemies. But God promised that he would send a Saviour to defeat the snake.
‘And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.’
As time went on, humanity sinned and fell multiple times. People sin, God sends His messenger, the people repent. Yet, the human condition shows itself and we sin again. Centuries later, to keep us from this vicious circle that separated us from God, He sent us a Saviour as promised: Jesus.
In Luke 1:26-38, an angel tells a virgin lady from Nazareth, Mary, that she had found favour with God and was chosen to give birth to the Saviour of the world, and that she should call Him Jesus (Luke 1:31). But she was getting married! What was she supposed to tell her parents, and her fiancé? Would her parents disown her? Would her fiancé still love her? Or, would he make her a public disgrace? But when the angel came to tell her the news, she chose to believe and trust in the plan God had for her.
‘Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”’ (Luke 1:38)
Mary trusted, and God orchestrated everything else. He gave her a loving Godly husband, a shelter to have a baby, and many children of her own. If Mary had not trusted God’s plan for her, she would not have been able to play the part that she did in the journey of the promise.
A little while before the angel visits Mary, an angel goes to visit a man in the temple. His name is Zacharias. Zacharias and his wife were an elderly couple who were not able to have children. The angel then tells Zacharias that he will have a son. Zacharias does not believe it!
‘But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.’ (Luke 1:20)
You can imagine his wife’s surprise when her husband came home literally speechless.
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