The images in the story are from my studies in Israel.
I am coming! Coming to you in the form of a human. I will be called Jesus, GOD SAVES! I, God will live with you, close and intimate. You will be able to hear and feel and touch and see me for a little while. I will love you with an everlasting love just like I have from the very beginning! And then I will sacrifice myself in your place because I want you to be with me forever. I want to share my riches and myself with you forever. I love you more than you can think or know! You are so precious to me, my child!
Nazarath today, a far cry from the little outpost town of Mary and Joseph.
Site of Mary’s home. Can you see the ceiling full of soot?
The bible does not tell us Mary’s feelings or trepidation or fears or inner thoughts. Mary’s obedient and succinct answer is recorded for us…
We are never told of the detail of the reaction of her family or the village but we can see a glimpse of her espoused husband (sorta like engaged) Joseph. The Bible calls Joseph a righteous man. Meaning one that followed God’s law and was found in right standing with God.