A Loving Tribute to the Women of God
The Government of the Promised Son–Jesus
…For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace. There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice. From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Approximately 700 years before Jesus was born as a baby to Mary, the prophet Isaiah received the prophecy of Jesus’ birth, purpose, and forever rule of this world. Hallelujah! Amen!
Gabriel, the Angel Who Delivers God’s Highest Priority Messages
Before Gabriel visited Mary, he brought good news to Zacharias, John the Baptist’s father. Who is the angel, Gabriel? Gabriel identified himself and his position in heaven to Zacharias: “And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.'” (Luke 1:19).
Gabriel’s Second Assignment: “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.” (Luke 1:26-27).
Gabriel brought news of unbelievable magnitude first to Zacharias and then to Mary. However, we can identify a marked contrast between Zacharias and Mary, one had unbelief, and one had disbelief. Zacharias’ punishment for his unbelief: “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).
Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. (Luke 1:26-29 NKJV).
For clarity and further understanding, the New Living Translation states:
Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” (Luke 1:28-33).
“Mary asked the angel, ‘But how can this happen? I am a virgin.'” (Luke 1:34). Some may feel that Mary expressed unbelief. Even so, it was not unbelief. [Unbelief: a rejection of the truth or a belief, especially a religious belief]. Mary expressed disbelief. [Disbelief: the unpreparedness or inability to believe that something is the case.] Our Omniscient God is just. Any unmarried woman who has maintained a chaste [pure] life would not be prepared to hear that she would become pregnant. God meets us exactly where we are. He determines if further explanation is required to the recipient of His promise.
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.” (Luke 1:35-37)
Proof of Mary’s great faith: “Mary responded, ‘I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.’ And then the angel left her.’ (Luke 1:38).
Did Mary comprehend the magnitude of being chosen to become the earthly mother of Jesus, the Son of God? A resounding Yes!, as evidenced by “Mary’s Song of Praise” recorded in Luke 1:46-55.
Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me… (Luke 46-49).
Women of God, we are the Marys of our time. Yes! We are blessed and highly favored! God has anointed and given us [His lowly servant girls] the assignment to carry and deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ. As evidenced in the Scriptures, Jesus showed extraordinary love and compassion for all the women He encountered by using the term “Daughter.” The perfect love poured from His heart for His mother while on the cross is proof that Jesus cares about our burdens.
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus, therefore, saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:25-28).
Jesus ensured that His Mother would be taken care of by John, the disciple whom He loved. This is a real-life account of the greatest love that God’s daughters [and sons] will receive in our lives. Jesus’ love is unmatched. Even in your suffering and distress, remember: Woman, you are loved by God!
We are hard-pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.… (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).