by M. Daniel Nam
2021 Christmas (II)
YOU WHO ARE HIGHLY FAVORED
Key Verse: 1:28
How do you tend to react when you receive unexpected good news?
Read verses 26-28. To what does “in the sixth month” refer? What was Mary’s human situation? What might have been uppermost in Mary’s mind? What was the angel’s greeting to Mary?
Read verses 29-30. How did Mary feel when the angel appeared and greeted her? Why might Mary be greatly troubled at the angel’s greeting? What do “highly favored” and “you have found favor with God” suggest?
Read verses 31-33. How did Gabriel describe the child that would be born to Mary? What would be the name of Mary’s son? What title would Jesus have? What Old Testament personalities were part of Jesus’ royal line? What will the Messiah’s kingdom be like?
Read verses 34-37. Why do you think Mary wasn’t struck dumb by the angel as Zechariah was? How did Mary’s response to the angel different from Zechariah’s? How has the fact that “Nothing is impossible with God” taken root in your life?
Read verse 38. What did Mary’s final statement to Gabriel show about her faith and relationship with God? In what ways would you say Mary’s responses to Gabriel summarize what our relationship with God ought to be like?
In what ways can you develop the kind of humble spirit that Mary had?