Did Mary Know?
"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Luke 1:30-33
Mary was betrothed to Joseph at the time, but they were not married. This news had to be shocking for Mary. Especially since she was a virgin.
Joseph was a little nervous about the whole thing at first, but then an angel appeared to him as well and explained everything to him.
Mary and Joseph lived in the town of Nazareth. When it was almost time for Jesus to be born, Cesaer Augustus decided to have everyone register themselves. Kind of like a census. So, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem so they could be registered.
They arrive in Bethlehem, along with all the other people who are there to register, and Mary goes into labor. This fulfilled the prophesy of Jesus being born in Bethlehem.
Just image for a moment. Atlanta. 1996. The Olympics. Small city. Huge crowds. Very limited space. You just happen to be traveling through. BAM. Your water breaks. The baby is coming now. You are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. And there are no available hotel rooms for at least 100 miles.
I guess you will just have to have your baby on the side of the road.
Mary was in a similar predicament. Everyone was traveling through Bethlehem at the same time. There was no room. She delivered her baby in a stable. There were animals and dirt and germs all around. This was her only option.
Mary had the baby and named him Jesus, as the angel said.
God gave Mary a crazy role and a crazy task. How strange would it have been to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit? Then God tells Mary she will give birth a son who will be called the son of the Most High? If I were Mary, I would assume God would give me a lot of special privileges for doing all of this for him. At least a nice place to give birth. He doesn't.
Shortly after the angel first visits Mary to inform her that she will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit, what do you think Mary says?
Mary responded by saying, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."
Mary was a willing servant. Through her, a King was born.