2Mary MishandledLuke 1:28Latin VulgateJeromeEarly 5th century
3Mary Mishandled“And the angel being come in, said unto her: ‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”
4Mary Mishandled Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) “God has committed to Mary the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is his will, that we obtain everything through Mary.”
5Mary Mishandled Pope Leo XIII “As no one goes to the father but by the son, so no one goes to Christ except through His mother.”Pope Pius XII (1953): “It is the will of God that we should have nothing which is not passed through the hands of Mary.”
6We Are Not Our Own Mary was most likely quite young. Probably she was in her teens.Three times in the passage she is called a virgin.
7We Are Not Our Own Engagement had two stages Kiddushin---betrothel period lasting 12 months.If either violated their vows it took a divorce to break the engagement. (Matthew 1:18-29)
8We Are Not Our Own Kiddushin They were called husband and wife They still lived at home with their parentsThey were totally chaste (Matthew 1:18)
9We Are Not Our Own Huppa The marriage ceremony Often lasted a week Marriage consummated then
10We Are Not Our OwnNews for Mary was troubling (v.29) and perplexing (v. 34)Her response is magnificentv.38— “I am the Lord’s servant.”
11We Are Not Our Own In creation we do not belong to ourselves Acts 17: 24-28The very essence of what is wrong with our world is rooted in our rebellion against this fact (Genesis 3)
13We Are Not Our Own In redemption we do not belong to ourselves Salvation is possible and can begin when we come to recognize that we are not our own; when we come to see what our approach has done to our relationship with God; when we are willing to accept His provision.
14We Are Not Our Own Rom 1-3: Rebellion Romans 6:23: Result Romans 10: 9-10: RemedyMary needed a savior (v.30)
15We Are Not Our OwnIn redemption we are more deeply reminded that we do not belong to ourselves1 Cor. 6:19-20Mary reminds us that God has the right to show up and redirect our paths.
16We Are Part of a Larger Drama For the followers of Christ, our lives are part of a larger drama.The angel spoke to Mary about something taking place in her time.It was, however, part of something that was larger than she and preceded her.
17We Are Part of a Larger Drama Luke 1:32Luke 1:48Revelation 13:8Mary was reminded that she had Eternal Significance
18We Are Part of a Larger Drama You matter to GodWhat you are and what you do matters to the fulfillment of God’s larger drama1 Cor. 1:26-27—He called us from insignificance to significance
19We Are Part of a Larger Drama Ephesians 2:14-15;19-22 — We are part of His new humanityWe live before Him here as a witnessWe will reign with Him in eternity1 Cor.12:12 ff — Every one is significant
20We Must Grasp That Pain Is often Part of the Process Luke 1 records her jubilation.Luke 2 records the reminder to her that this jubilation will be mixed with pain.There is pain is disobeying God, which ends in eternal pain in hell.
21We Must Grasp That Pain Is often Part of the Process There is pain in following the Lord in the unfolding of His plan.This world is severely broken and will not be redeemed apart from blood and tears.We must experience the pain of self-denial.
22We Must Grasp That Pain Is often Part of the Process We will experience the pain of God’s hand shaping usHandelMessiah