Let it Be – Christmas Peace 2018

Luke 1:26-36

Big Idea:  How do we find peace in the unexpected?

The Unexpected in Mary’s story

  • No one expected Elizabeth to be pregnant
  • No one expected to be visited by an angel
  • Mary’s visit (The Annunciation) was not just unexpected, it was unsettling.

Mary was greatly troubled by his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  (v. 29)

  • Mary never expected to be expecting (not then)

What Mary knew:

  • This would bring shame on her family and Joseph’s family
  • This would mean the end of their marriage plans.
  • She and her child would live under suspicion and rejection.

Life brings us the unexpected

  • The unexpected is not always bad.
  • Is “let it be” enough to bring you peace?

Mary’s Response to the unexpected proposal

  • She asks (keeps the conversation going)
    How will this be, since I am a virgin?
  •  Tell me more, I’m listening, what is happening, where is this going?  — is a good way to respond to God, when the unexpected happens to us.
  • Mary  could have said “no” –
  • Instead she said: Lord, if you are in this, then I embrace it. I am the Lord’s servant, let it be to me according to your word.

McCartney’s “Let it be” is a declaration of fate.
Mary’s “Let it be” was a declaration of faith.

God doesn’t always cause the unexpected.  But God knows the unexpected. And God is able to do something good in, through and around the unexpected.

How we know that Mary had peace in the unexpected?

Mary’s Song – Magnificat  (Luke 1:46-49)

Can you trust God with your unexpected situations?
Can you say “yes” to God with it?
There is a deeper peace when we say –Let it be to me,  according to your Word.   

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