2015-12-17 - Bondslave of the Lord
Luke 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Many of us know the story of the angel Gabriel coming to visit Mary announcing that Mary would bear the Messiah. In verse 29 Mary holds her peace while considering the greeting she was given by Gabriel. In verse 34 she asks Gabriel who it can be that she would carry a child since she was a virgin. The question was not based in unbelief, but a lack of understanding. Again, she was thinking quite possibly with her mind racing at what was unfolding in front of her.
Mary was probably an early to mid-teenager and yet she had patience even in this moment that would stagger many people. The disciples on the Sea of Galilee rousted Jesus telling Him that they were all about to drown. Based on their experience and knowledge of ships in storms they had concluded they were in dire straights. They had not added into the equation that the person they were accusing of not caring had been sent by the Father to call the world back to God. (Mark 4:35-40)
Before we are too hard on the disciples, many of them were professional fishermen who sailed the Sea of Galilee routinely. They knew the dangers of storms, and how to handle their ships. They had reached the end of their abilities. How many of us have reached that point in our own lives and asked God, in anger or panic, what He thought He was doing - or why He wasn't taking care of us?
Mary was had reached the end of her resources. How can I have a child if I have never been with a man? She asked an honest question with no accusation. Her final response was one of complete trust and submission. She referred to herself as a willing servant under God's authority. (see Strong's Concordance #1401)
In the western culture even willing servitude is difficult for us to accept. If Jesus Christ is to be Savior and Lord, this is where we should be. If He is our Savior He will have our our very best interests at heart. If He is Lord He deserves our trust and submission.
Can we take on the title of bondslave?
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.