Mary the Mother of Jesus by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-19; Luke 1:26-38)

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary in Nazareth (Luke 1:26-38)

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent Gabriel to the small town of Nazareth in Galilee, to visit a young virgin girl named Mary.

Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, you who have been greatly blessed! The Lord God is with you!” Mary was overwhelmed by Gabriel’s words and wondered what kind of greeting this was. But Gabriel said to her, “Mary, do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son. You are to give him the name Jesus, which means “the Lord saves.” He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God! The Lord God will give Jesus the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever. His kingdom will have no end.”

Shaking with wonder, Mary asked Gabriel, “How can this happen, since I am a virgin?” Gabriel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High God will overshadow you. Therefore, the one born to you will be called the Son of God, the Messiah. Believe me, for even your relative Elizabeth is going to have a son in her old age. She is now six months pregnant. Nothing is impossible with God!” Then Mary said with confident faith, “I am the Lord’s servant, so let your message to me be fulfilled.” Then Gabriel left Mary.

Mary is Pregnant Through the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-19)

As Gabriel had promised, Mary was soon found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. However, when Mary became pregnant, she was legally engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. But because Joseph lived a righteous life and did not want to disgrace her in public, he decided to end his engagement with Mary in secret.