Today’s Reading: Luke 1:26-38
Daily Lectionary: Genesis 44:1-18, 32-34; Mark 12:28-44
“You will conceive in your womb and bear forth a Son and you shall call His name Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31)
Merry Lent! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Merry Christmas! Well, Merry Conception Day! Today the Church celebrates the angel’s announcement to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she is with Child by the Holy Spirit.
Mary was a virgin. Don’t believe anyone on the internet or on television who says otherwise! She says that she doesn’t “know” a man. She’s not been with anyone. That’s the definition of a virgin. This doesn’t require a science lesson! It’s that simple. She’s a virgin.
That’s the miracle of the angel’s words today. The Virgin will be with Child by the Holy Spirit. The power of the Most High will overshadow her. The Child born will be called “Holy.” He will be the Son of God.
It’ll take the Son of God to do Lent for us. Only God can save us from us. Jesus will do perfectly all that God’s Law requires of us and then He will suffer all the punishment due us for our sins. He will die for all. It takes God to do that. If it’s for all, that means for you and me!
The Greek word for angel (ἄγγελος) means “messenger.” Angels deliver messages from God to sinners. That’s what Gabriel was doing for Mary! His words deliver the impossible. Mary is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Virgins don’t get pregnant, but this one does by the Holy Spirit delivered in the Word.
God does the impossible for you with His Word, too. He takes all that Jesus won and earned for you with His birth, His faithfulness, His Lent, and Holy Week and delivers it to you in His Word. He sends you His messenger, your pastor, to deliver His Word in the Divine Service.
It happened just as Gabriel said! The Baby announced today was born of the Virgin on Christmas. He did a Lent and Holy Week for your sins. He was raised on Easter for your forgiveness. Your sins, all of them, are forgiven. It’s impossible! It’s true in Jesus. Believe it for Jesus’ sake. Merry Conception Day! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt
O Lord, as we have known the incarnation of Your Son Jesus Christ by the message of the angel to the Virgin Mary, so by the message of His cross and passion bring us to the glory of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ)