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God’s Choice

Key References: Luke 1:26-56; The Desire of Ages, chap. 10, p. 98; chap. 15, p. 145; The Bible Story (1994), vol. 7, pp. 13-17; Our Beliefs nos. 5, 4, 11

Power Text

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Power Point

We worship God because He has chosen us as His own.

Think of a time you were chosen for something special. How did you feel? Today in our lesson God sends an angel to tell Mary that He has chosen her above all others to be the mother of His Son. Think of how Mary must have felt when the angel appeared to her and how she responded to the angel’s message.

Mary was working inside, enjoying the coolness. It was so hot outside in the middle of the day. As she worked she thought about Joseph. He was so loving and kind, just the kind of husband she had always dreamed of. She remembered when they announced their engagement. Everyone was so pleased. Now there was so much to do getting ready for the wedding.

Suddenly she became aware of someone in the room. A beautiful angel was there with her, walking toward her. Mary was afraid. She began to tremble. Her mouth was dry. She was not able to say a word. She just looked in speechless amazement.

Coming over to her, the angel said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary sank to her knees. She was in shock. What did this all mean? What could an angel have to tell a young girl like her?

The angel continued, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” asked Mary in astonishment, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

Then the angel told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby, even though she was old. Everyone said she would never have any children. Yet, according to the words of the angel, her baby was going to be born in three months, for nothing is impossible with God.

Mary bowed her head. Stunned, but without hesitation she said to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:28-38).

After the angel left, Mary prayed quietly for a long time. Then she stood up slowly and looked around at the simple room she knew so well. It was just the way it had been before the angel arrived. It was also very different. She would never see it the same way again. What had just happened? Had an angel really been here? she wondered. She would have to talk to someone about this or it would be hard to believe it herself. But who? Who would believe her?

Mary thought over what the angel had said. He had talked about her cousin Elizabeth. She too was going to have a special child. She would understand what Mary needed so much to talk about. Mary flew around the house making arrangements to be gone for a while. She packed a small bundle to carry with her on her journey into the hill country.

Finally she arrived at Elizabeth and Zechariah’s home. As she entered and greeted her cousin, she knew she had come to the right place. Elizabeth already knew! She stood up and greeted Mary with a blessing and the announcement that the child Mary was going to have was blessed. “But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy,” Elizabeth told Mary with excitement.

Mary set down her bundle and gave her cousin a big hug. They were going to have plenty to talk about. God had chosen them both for awesome responsibilities.

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Elizabeth said (Luke 1:39-45).

“I am so filled with praise to God, I could sing to Him right now!” Mary exclaimed.

“Go ahead,” Elizabeth replied. “We have plenty to sing about as we worship Him.”