I chose the
sermon title “I’m the Mother of God!” because it is an outrageous statement. In
fact, making a statement like this in today's world could easily get you in the
likely heard the story of the annunciation from Mary herself (Mary is identified
as one of the witnesses Luke had interviewed for the writing of his gospel). It
is her “calling story” as we preacher-folk would name it. As
outrageous as we would think a statement like this would be in today's world, as
outrageous it must have been back then.
We have this
sense about the New Testament era that everything was different. We idealize it
in our minds; to us it was the time of miracles, a time when God really did talk
with people, when angels delivered messages and when the world was still O.K.
Gimme that ole time religion!
Realistically speaking, however, the New Testament times were not so different
from our times. When Mary had the encounter with Gabriel it was just as hard for
people to believe her story as it would be today. That's why Joseph decided to
leave Mary until he had an angelic encounter himself.
So here is
Mary, Mary quite contrary telling everyone that she is pregnant, not because she
slept with a guy, but because by the Holy Spirit of God she conceived a child
within her. And that child was no other than the Messiah himself—the Savior of
the whole world.
I have to
admit, if a person were to actually try to cover up an infidelity, they would
probably not come up with a story like this. ...
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