“And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.'” Luke 1:35
The child to be born to Mary would be called holy. Set apart. Separate from anyone or anything. God’s own Son. Distinct.
Did you notice the “therefore”? Every time you see a “therefore” you need to make sure you understand what the “therefore” is “there” for. In other words, to understand the “therefore,” take a look at what was said before.
Gabriel was answering Mary’s question (“How can this be, since I am a virgin?”). The answer was, to put is simply, “God is going to put a baby in your tummy.” To be more biblically precise, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Or, to say it yet another way: “Mary, you are going to get pregnant as a virgin because God has chosen your womb to house His Son. The Holy Spirit of God will put the baby there. The power of God will overcome your body and make it happen. No other baby in all of creation will come into the world like this. The way this pregnancy will come about is distinct from every other pregnancy.”
Therefore. . .
The baby would be holy because the pregnancy would be holy.
The baby would be set apart from birth because the way the baby came into the world in human form would be separate from any other pregnancy and birth.
Jesus, the Son of God was and is holy because He is fully God and fully man. He came into the world as fully God – put by God in the womb of a human. That’s how God’s Son entered into the world. Fully developed and born through a human womb. Yet put in the womb by the power of the Most High. Fully man. Fully God. Holy. The Son of God.
But let’s notice one more thing real quickly. . .
Mary was called to do something that she couldn’t do. Mary was asked by God to do something that was humanly impossible. When she asked how it could happen, the answer she received – though still mysterious – was profoundly simple: “God will make it happen.”
He still does this today. No, not by putting other babies in a woman’s womb without a daddy. He does it by calling out His servants to do His supernatural work in the world. We are called to do the supernatural. How? By submitting to His prompting, trusting that the “Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”
The message of Christmas is that God came near as the God-man. Because He came we are now free and able to live for Him in the power He gives us.
Don’t waste this Christmas gift.