For the past few years I've begun my Christmas sermons with a popular Christmas song-"Silent Night," "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," and last year "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Probably all of us have favorite Christmas songs that we enjoy hearing and singing this time of year.
This morning we're going to look at what many have called the first Christmas song. A song that can bring peace to our worry-filled hearts.
In the first part of Luke 1, the angel Gabriel appears to two women telling them they're pregnant. Mary's cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah are "well stricken in years" that phrase was used of people in their 80s, but in v. 13, Gabriel tells Zechariah his wife is expecting. Then in v. 28 Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her she will be pregnant.
Two women find out they are expecting baby boys with two different reactions. One elderly married woman who couldn't get pregnant was told she would be. Her young unmarried cousin who shouldn't be pregnant is told she's about to be.
How would you react if you were Mary? She's probably about 15 years old, and an angel pops out of nowhere and tells you you're going to have a baby-who is the Son of God.
Like Mary, you may have a lot to worry about. And so you need to hear Mary's song.