Day 10 — Thursday, December 13
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.
MeditationSavior of the Nations, Come
Attr. Ambrose of Milan, 340-397
Savior of the nations, come,
Virgin’s Son, make here Your home!
Marvel now, O heav’n and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.
Not by human flesh and blood,
By the Spirit of our God,
Was the Word of God made flesh
Woman’s offspring pure and fresh.
Holy Spirit, we need You. You are our helper, our comforter, our guide. We confess today that we have often overlooked You, determined to get through life on our own instead of depending on Your power at work in us. Just like You were working when the Son of God was conceived on earth, we know You are alive and at work in us. And we pray for Your help today, wanting to surrender to You so the powerful life of Jesus can be seen in and through our lives. For His glory, Amen.
Original from Passion City Church