A Response to Advent :: Week 1, Day 1

A response to Then Came Jesus by Lara Williams

You may remember that in a previous post I told you about Hello Mornings and their current Advent Bible study based on Laura Williams’ book Then Came Jesus.  My hope, as I read through the book, is to share my response to this book here on the blog each day.  Or perhaps, a better way to put it, to share what is being revealed to me by God through His word.  So here we go…


26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38 NKJV)

I love that the scripture points out that Gabriel “was sent by God.”  It’s almost a duh fact that the writer could have left out.  Who else would have sent Gabriel? Right! But the writer doesn’t leave it out and it reminds me that this was God’s plan, always His plan, from the very beginning, to send us a Redeemer.

As Ms. Williams puts it, “This whole big plan was God-initiated, God-ordained, and God-fulfilled. From creation, the Father knew that He would send the Redeemer to save mankind. And the day came when this young girl got the news of the coming baby” (p. 8).

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling loved beyond words.

Father, You created the world and all of mankind knowing that we would need a Redeemer — someone who would have to pay our un-payable debt.  You created us knowing that we would sin and fall short, way short, of Your glory, but You created us anyway.  Why?  I’ll never understand it, but it does reveal to me — You reveal to me — that it was for love.  Thank You for loving me.  Amen.

Are you reading Then Came Jesus or another advent study?  What is God revealing to you?  Please let me know by leaving a comment.

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