A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: Gabriel visits Mary


Mary lived in Nazareth. She was engaged to be married to a man called Joseph, a descendant of King David. One day, an angel called Gabriel, one of God’s messengers, came to her, greeting her as someone greatly favoured by God.

‘The Lord is with you,’ he said.

Then Mary was worried, unsure of what he meant. Gabriel saw how she Gabriel visits Maryfelt and said,

‘Don’t be frightened. God is very pleased with you. Soon, you will become pregnant with a son. When he is born, you are to call him ‘Jesus’. He will be a special person and will be called the Son of God. God himself will make him ruler for ever of David’s kingdom.’

This confused Mary even more.

‘How can all this happen,’ she asked, ‘when I am still a virgin?’

So the angel explained to her that the Holy Spirit would come to her and the baby would be conceived by the power of God.

‘Nothing is impossible for God to do,’ he said. ‘Your relative Elizabeth is pregnant now, even though she has been barren for many years.’

(Elizabeth’s baby was to be John the Baptist.)

Mary said,

‘I am God’s follower. Let everything happen to me, just as you have said.’

Then Gabriel left her.

The story illustrates:

  • The expectation that the coming child would be the Son of God
  • Mary’s faith in God and willingness to obey him.

Bible References

Luke 1:26-38
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