The Annunciation


“For nothing is impossible with God” 
Luke 1:37

Once more, after twenty-two years, Christmas Day in Tolga – and again Christmas-like in its deepest sense with just a touch of the fondouk [inn]to make it beautiful. Common brick walls, earth floor, unglazed windows – such a tiny touch – but fitting in with the wonderful sense of being “weak with Him” which is the key note to the beginnings here. “Wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” – that is how the world’s redemption dawned!  (25 December 1923)


Scripture:  Luke 1:26-38

  • Who was the messenger who brought Mary the birth announcement?
  • What was Mary’s initial response to the angel?
  • What details did the angel offer concerning the child Mary was to deliver?
  • How did the angel answer Mary’s question: “How will this be since I am a virgin?”
  • What was Mary’s final response to the news of the angel?


Meditation on Scripture
Is it possible for us to imagine the improbabilities of this dramatic narrative?  An angel visitation at start, was not a common occurrence. But consider the news the angel brought:  Mary, a virgin, will be with child!  As if this phenomenon was not staggering enough – consider the description of the child – the baby would be a son, a king destined to rule over the house of Jacob, a never-ending kingdom.  In view of all that Mary was processing, the angel’s P.S. – “Your elderly cousin Elizabeth also is pregnant” may have hardly fazed her.

The bottom line of the angel’s announcement is stated in Luke 1:37: “For nothing is impossible with God.”  Is that not the bottom line of the Advent message as well?  Nothing is impossible with God.  Imagine: from Bethlehem, little among the clans of Judah – inconsequential among the nations of the world – the Light has shined – to bring people of all nations out of the darkness into His marvelous Light.”

Let our heart response be as Mary’s: “I am the Lord’s servant.”  So be it.  


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