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Saturday, December 24

Day 27: Mary

Open item: Blue fabric

Mary is almost always portrayed wearing blue. Throughout history, blue has been considered a sacred and valuable hue. It’s not a naturally occurring pigment, and is thus particularly mystical and rare.

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”


Mary was a Jewish girl who lived in the city of Nazareth. She did not come from a fancy family with expensive clothes and pricey things. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. God chose Mary from among all the Jewish maidens to fulfill a very special purpose for Him.

God sent Gabriel, an angel, to her with a message. Gabriel said to her, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” Mary was afraid, but the angel explained to her that she was going to have a son, and his name was to be Jesus.

Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.

Mary’s response shows her humility and deep faith–even after all the years of silence. Can you imagine the fear she must have had? She obeyed in faith despite all of the things she didn’t understand.


Final Words

Was Mary someone you would expect in Jesus’ family? Not really. She was just a plain and simple young girl. BUT she was chosen by God to deliver the Savior of the world! She wasn’t important and was even a sinner, yet God had a unique purpose for her, just like he does for us. Jesus is coming!