Most mothers think their baby is the cutest, sweetest, and brightest baby ever born, and they believe their child will grow up to make a major contribution to the world.
If the mom holds athletics in her DNA, perhaps she
dreams her baby will become another Tom Brady or a Michael Jordan. If the mom’s
family is known for high IQs, she imagines her child will be another Einstein.
But present-day mothers can merely hope and fantasize about their baby’s
The Virgin Mary knew with certainty that her baby was
special. An angel told her.
When the angel, Gabriel, told the virgin Mary she
would have a baby boy, Gabriel also told the terrified teenage mother-to-be
that her baby would be the Son of the Most High, would rule over the house of
Jacob, and His rule would have no end. Luke 1:30.
No need for an ultrasound here. Mary received a Divine
What was in Mary’s DNA to make this baby special?
She belonged to the tribe of Judah.
Other than her ancestry, Scripture doesn’t divulge why
she found favor with God.
Did Gabriel tell Mary her son would die on the cross?
Nope. He didn’t reveal that.
Did Gabriel say, “And by the way, your heart will
break as you watch your son die.” Nope. He left that out.
Did ole Gabe tell her how to raise this special child?
Nope, nary a word.
That little teenage girl knew she carried a special
baby, but like all mothers, she didn’t know the future. She was a mere mortal,
chosen to live an astonishing life as a parent to a normal baby who really
wasn’t normal. He was an ordinary baby, with typical infant needs, but He was also the
Son of God.
How did Mary parent Him?
With love, affection, and discipline. That’s what