Mary – The Christmas Story Part 4

INTRO: This poem, which I wrote in 2019, zooms in on the momentous, yet private moment in history when Mary was visited by God’s angel and told of her imminent pregnancy of Jesus, the son of God. Her story is found in Luke Chapter 1 verses 26-38. Finally, the prophecy was to be fulfilled many thousands of years after God told the serpent in Genesis 3:15 that through Eve’s genealogy would be born a saviour who would conquer Satan. God’s people had been waiting about seven hundred years for God’s prophecy, told by the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, of the birth of the Saviour named Immanuel, to be fulfilled.

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When I found this Featured Image of a young woman looking down and touching her stomach, I imagined that the young Mary would have done this, following the visit from God’s angel telling her she would soon be pregnant with the Saviour. She must have experienced a flood of emotions. Part 5 of this series looks at Mary’s reaction to receiving this wonderful yet life-changing news from God’s angel.

This poem is Part 4 of 8 parts to the poetic script that follows the Christmas Story from the very beginning to end. I will be publishing one of the Christmas poems each week leading up to Christmas week.


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An angel of God named Gabriel

Was sent from the presence of God

At a pivotal time in history

With THE great message of victory.


The arrival of Jesus the Saviour

The king of kings and Lord of lords

God’s only Son will leave His heavenly home

To live on earth as one of us.


Mary, a very young teenager

A virgin engaged to be married

Lived a simple godly life

In a small hillside township.


Though poor in worldly wealth

She was rich in love for God

At such a young age, her knowledge was great

Of God’s Holy Word and her family’s faith.


The angel stopped Mary, he stood before her

As she went about her daily chores

“Mary, do not be afraid,

By grace, God has chosen you today.”


To which she thought “Why choose me?

I’m just a peasant girl

I don’t deserve this personal word

And visit from an angel of God?”


“You will conceive and give birth to a son

And you shall name Him Immanuel

For He will live among his people  

And save them from the penalty of sin.”


The angel continued to say

To the stunned and humbled girl

“He will become the king who will reign forever 

And His kingdom will never end.” 


“How can this be, for I am a virgin?” 

And the angel explained to her,

“The Holy Spirit will come on you

And God’s power will overshadow.”


“Your elderly cousin, Elizabeth

Who is beyond childbearing age

Has conceived a son and is pregnant six months

Nothing is impossible for God.” 


Mary knew of God’s plan to one day send

A new king to save all people

For it had been predicted by God’s prophet

Seven hundred years earlier.


Mary said “I am your loyal servant

My life is in your hands

May it happen to me as you have said.”

And then God’s angel disappeared.


Down through the ages

God’s people had waited and prayed

For the long-awaited Saviour

Now with a glimpse of the day and hour.

To be continued…

Beverley Joy © 2019 of Simply Story Poetry. All rights Reserved.

Why not listen to or read the whole Christmas story: The Christmas Story Part 1, Four Unusual Women Part 2, 700BC Part 3, Mary Part 4, Mary and Elizabeth Part 5, Joseph Part 6 and The Saviour is Born Part 7.

Read or listen to my poems of Women of the Bible: It Takes Two To Tango The Adulterous Woman of John 8:1-11, She Gave From Her Heart The Woman and the Two Coins Luke 21:1-4, Sweet Temptation Eve Genesis 3, Feast or Famine Ruth and I Am Ruth, ‘Thirst Quenching’ The Woman at the Well, Mary – The Christmas Story Part 2 Four Unusual Women, Part 4 Mary, The Christmas Story Part 5 Mary and Elizabeth, The Busyness Excuse Mary and Martha, Her Touch of Simple Faith The women with the bleeding issue,

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

Photo by Ashton Bingham on Unsplash

References:

All the Women of the Bible, 1967, Herbert Lockyer, Zondervan.

Luke 1:26-38 The Zondervan NASB Study Bible 1999 Zondervan Michigan U.S.A.

The Greatest Child Ever Born Luke1:26-35 John MacArthur, Grace To You

The Divine Announcement to Mary Luke 1:26-31, 1999, John MacArthur, Grace To You

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