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December 19
Read: Luke 1: 26-38
Symbol: Lily

The time had come in God's plan of redemption for Jesus to become a man. This was the mystery hidden in God's heart throughout the ages. The angel Gabriel announced the news to a young maiden named Mary. She was of the family of David as was the man to whom she was betrothed.
Although Mary did not understand how she could have a baby when she was not yet married, Gabriel explained to her that God was to be the child's father. Jesus would be the seed of a woman, but also the Son of God. Mary did not question or doubt Gabriel's words as Zechariah had done but accepted God's will and plan for her life.
It is very important that we understand the truth of the virgin birth. Jesus came to earth, not as a son of Adam, bound by the sin of mankind, but as the Son of God, free from sin. Yet at the same time He was fully a man, able to sin if He chose to sin, and subject to temptation as we are. This was the only way we could be redeemed.

Prayer: Thank You, Father that Jesus came to earth as a man and can identify with my trials. Thank You that on the cross He became sin for me. Amen.

And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the
Holy Ghost:
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.


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