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It is quite the case
that an angel does not easily tolerate any challenge to his
statements. It is understandable, however, that Mary's question is
reasonable. After all, was about to happen to her is a once in
history event. Mary, quite logically, asks how this is supposed to
have. After all, she is a virgin. Her motives in asking have been
debated — curiosity, challenge, or just conversation – but the Angel
Gabriel takes it in stride. He explains how it will happen; then
just to make her certain he points out that her cousin Elizabeth
(who had been presumed to be incapable of having a child) was in her
He ends his discourse with
a verse which is not commonly used:
“For no word from God will ever fail."
(Luke 1:37 TNIV)
The angel told us this
about his first coming, the incarnation.
Is it not clear that this will prevail in his second coming?
It is prophesied many times and in many places that Jesus shall
return. No word from God will ever fail — and therefore we should be
prepared for his return.
So the question is: are you
ready for his return?
you forgiven those who have offended you? It is clear that God
offers forgiveness only to those who forgive.
you been forgiven by those you have offended? You should at least
make the effort at reconciliation.
This is one reason why we
are taught to examine ourselves at communion. It is a clear promise
of God that those who are faithful followers will rise from the
grave and live eternally. Therefore examine yourself and see if you
indeed are a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. At the price of his
body and blood he gives you eternal life. Examine yourself, and then