Mary Mother of Jesus

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Jesus' Birth and Early Years

The angel Gabriel who had visited Zechariah, brought Mary the good news that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ.

Contrary to Zechariah who did not believe Gabriel, Mary mother of Jesus, believed. She did not how it would happen, because she was a virgin, but she believed.

Mary was living in the town of Nazareth, when she received the visit from the angel Gabriel.

Gabriel called her blessed. She was blessed, but Jesus would be the Savior.

Mary was betrothed to Joseph when she became pregnant with Jesus.

The angel also told Mary that her relative Elizabeth, who had been barren, was 6 months pregnant.

 

Filled With Holy Spirit

 

Mary went to visit Elizabeth in the hill country of Judah. When Mary entered the house of Zechariah and Elizabeth, John the Baptist reacted with joy in his mother’s womb. He was filled with the Holy Spirit while in his mother’s womb and when he reacted with joy, his mother, Elizabeth, was also filled with the Holy Spirit.

There was no telephone or cell phones those days, so Mary could not have made a long distance call to Elizabeth. It is quite possible that Elizabeth did not know that Mary was coming and therefore did not know that she was going to be the mother of Jesus. It was revealed to her by the Holy Spirit when her son’s reaction in her womb.

and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord. (Luke 1:42–45 ESV)

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