Two Models of Submission
Bethlehem is an obscure remote little town 6 miles south of Jerusalem. In Hebrew Bethle-hem means “House of Bread.” Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life, whoever believes in me will never go hungry, and whoever comes to me will never be thirsty”. Jesus was fulfilling the prophecy by the prophet Micah, who wrote from the prophetic book of Micah 5:2-5. Bethlehem was a model of submission to the will of God. No one would have thought that God would enter the world to provide the Redeemer for our sins in Bethlehem. It will always be an example of humility and submission to God’s will for us, both in a place like Bethle-hem and in a person like Mary who would demonstrate an attitude and submission to the will of God. In this second model of submission to God, we focus on Mary and the visitation of the angel Gabriel to the village of Nazareth in Galilee. Let’s try to get inside the person of this young girl whose life is turned upside down by a mysterious visitor. Gabriel’s mere presence was enough to terrify anyone. But not only does he appear before Mary, he speaks to Mary and says strange things to her. “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Do you hear what Mary is hearing? Don't be afraid, Mary, you're going to have a child, but He is not going to be an ordinary child. Your child is going to be the Son of the Most High God. Critics to this day still stumble over the miraculous character of the Virgin Birth and say, how can this be? They raise all kinds of skeptical questions about this biological phenomenon. And they say this is impossible. But with God, nothing will be impossible. Mary herself says that she is only an obedient servant of God, just as we should be. Mary had an ear for God. Her thoughts were on the things of God. Where are your thoughts today? Are they on the things of God?