Day 19

The Annunciation

from the Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope reading plan

Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-25

BY Guest Writer

“God’s love was revealed among us in this way:
God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him.
Love consists in this: not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:9–10).

Jesus came to save us. I don’t know about you, but I need to stop today and set aside all the less-than-a-week-before-Christmas-to-do lists, and hear that again: Because God loves us, He sent Jesus to save us. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, from whom this miracle came—the miracle of Jesus’s birth, the virgin birth of the Son of God who took on flesh to save us.

As I slow down and step into these well-known stories, I am once again amazed by God’s pursuant love for us. In today’s passages, both Mary and Joseph hear about Jesus for the first time. The angel Gabriel tells Mary, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus” (Luke 1:31). There’s so much wrapped up in that one verse. Though she’d never been with a man, she would give birth to a Son and name Him Jesus. Mary would conceive and give birth in a way no other woman had or has since.

Jesus, the one whose name “is above every name,” and one day, “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).

Jesus, part of the triune, all-transcendent, all-powerful, almighty God, who holds all creation together in His perfection, and whose power and glory and creative genius no words can grasp (Colossians 1:15–20).

Jesus, who came into the womb of a young girl to take on flesh and dwell among us, to save us before we knew we needed saving. Joseph was instructed “to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Jesus has come and will come again: Jesus came to save us, once for all, by His work on the cross (Hebrews 10:10). By His Spirit, “the Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5), and He will one day come again on the clouds to wipe away every tear and make all things new (Revelation 21:4).

Jesus is here, among us. He sees the brokenness of our hearts and of our world and walks through it all with us. He chose to come and live among us because He loves us. Even in our sin and filth and grime, He loved and pursued and saved us for the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). Let us praise Him, Immanuel, “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23).

Kimberly Girard is a well-loved child of God, wife of an extraordinary man, mother of three amazing kids, and writer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find her at Loud Singing and on Twitter.

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35 thoughts on "The Annunciation"

  1. Tracie Nall says:

    As I sit here in the peace and quiet the day after the Christmas hustle and bustle I am keenly aware that peace and quiet are only possible because of Jesus who came to earth via Mary’s womb, Gods chosen vessel and Joseph’s obedience! Divinity through humanity! Gods love made visible and His peace made attainable through Jesus Christ! So thankful that today the day after Christmas and every day before, I can have peace on earth because of Immanuel, God with us!

  2. Ms Amy* says:

    And Mary said yes and agreed. I need to obey God more. No ifs, no buts, no over-reasoning/thinking. But simple obedience to God in all things because God is with me. Thank you Holy Spirit for pointing out this lesson to me. ♥️

  3. Angie says:

    Jesus, thank you for always being with me! Please help me not to be swept up in all the preparations for Christmas in these next few days that I forget that the only thing that matters is you. You loved me so much, you were born as a baby and endured life on earth as well as death on the cross. I want to show you my love just like Mary did with her obedience: “I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Help me to take time out to spend with you before I worry about finishing all the baking, wrapping, etc. And to rest in the peace of your precious love. Amen.

  4. K D says:

    Because God loves us He sent Jesus to save us. Oh may I rest in that today.

  5. Vickie Rsder says:

    Mary and JOSEPH just believed ! I too can Believe like a child today .. I’m dealing with a lot of shame today. This encourages me to just Believe and walk out who God says I am .. And who he says he is.

  6. Ariel Harris says:

    I love Glorious by For King and Country. It conveys the wonder of this miracle, Mary giving birth to her Saviour and Joseph caring for the King of Kings. He is glorious!

  7. Kristen says:

    I heard a pastor talk about the Scripture above: For the joy set before Him, He endured the Cross. The pastor was amazed by this. Jesus chose to be obedient. We know what good could come from some of our actions, but how many times do we decide not to go through anyway. As Kimberly pointed out, He loved us in our sin, filth, and grime. The Holy One loves us and pursues is! For many years, I’ve let what people say or think determine how I feel about myself or beat myself up because of what I said or did. Just yesterday I was about to go there again, and I remembered God’s grace. He knows me and loves me! I don’t have to condemn myself! I’m thankful God gives us second chance upon second chances. I’m thankful that Jesus made a way for us where there was no way. I’m thankful for the truth that: Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! Oh how I’ve been a prisoner in my mind and to the lies of the enemy. But through Jesus, I don’t have to stay this way.
    This devotional was beautifully written. Thank you for reminding us of the character of God and His love. Thank you for writing about the love and power of Jesus. Every knee will indeed bow!

  8. Jennifer Anapol says:

    This was such a great devotional today. I definitely needed Thai reminder that God is with us. I was just complaining to him last night that it doesn’t feel like he is with me. As I was reading this devotional, he reminded me that he is with me every moment of every day. He came down to our world to show us that he is with us. Let us celebrate this reality this Christmas.

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