“To be highly favored”
To be highly favored by God means you are in a category all by yourself. This is exactly what happened to Mary. Mary was chosen by God to conceive and give birth to a son called Jesus. Mary has been highly favored. To be favored is to have grace. The grace that set you apart. To have God send Gabriel to Mary, and experience what Mary experienced . She was going to be the mother of not only our Lord and Savior, but her Lord and Savior. His name is Jesus.
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
As we celebrate Christmas, make your focus Jesus. The name above all names, our Lord and Savior. Develop a intimate relationship with Him by spending time with Him daily.