Favor With God Luke 1:26-38

“And the angel said to her, do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”

Luke 1:30

 

Do you know that you have found favor with God? Most would probably say no, “I have done too much or too little to find favor with God; I am not worthy to find favor with God.” Throughout salvation history, God used flawed, broken people to proclaim God’s favor to the world. God enters our human existence with all its bumps and bruises, trials and tribulations, and seemingly impossible circumstances to offer hope and assurance that God has not abandoned us. Christmas witnesses God’s true love for us in the birth of Jesus, an ordinary life event with extraordinary consequences. Life can be scary at times, just as it certainly must have been for Mary as she was visited by an angel proclaiming God’s gift to the world through her, lowly as she was. Mary rose to the calling God placed upon her through her willingness to be part of salvation history, her profession of faith, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord,” and giving birth to Jesus the Christ who transformed the world and continues to transform lives, giving comfort to those whose souls are troubled, legs are weak, and eyes weary with despair. You, even now, have found favor with God. You have been offered the precious gift of grace and certainty even in the midst of an uncertain world. Jesus’ plea is even clearer now than it was when he spoke these words, “come to me, you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest;” in other words, no matter who you are, you have found favor with God and you will find rest for your weary soul. Thank you Jesus, for the gift of new life.
 
Pastor Tom