Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him, ‘Immanuel’. Isaiah 7:14
According to tradition Mary was between the ages of 14 and 16 when she conceived Christ by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:35
Her response, “I am the Lord’s servant, May your word to me be fulﬁlled.” Luke 1:38
This should be our response as well. It delights our Father as we are surrendered to His plan and purpose for our lives.
While Mary was frightened by the appearance of Gabriel, the ominous prophecy of Simeon nine months later must have been perplexing. Her soul would be pierced with a sword. (Luke 2:35) This would occur when she witnessed the death of her son on the cross.
While we don’t know what the future holds, it assuredly contains joy, celebration, grief and pain. However, Mary’s grief turned to elation when she saw her risen Lord. This too will be the experience of all who believe. We must take hope in this promise looking beyond our suffering to when we will see Christ face to face!