“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.” (Luke 1:31, NASB95)

Gabriel’s astonishing announcement to an unknown Jewish girl in a backwater part of the Roman Empire, it is such an unexpected moment that even now, after 2000 years of Christian history, the reader is stunned at the moment that Mary realizes that she will be the one to bear the Messiah, Jesus means “Savior.”

What follows this verse is a description of what “Savior” will be and do:

  1. He will be great
  2. He will be called Son of the Most High God
  3. God will give him the throne of His father, David
  4. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever
  5. His kingdom will have no end.

Mary’s response:“And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:38, NASB95)

Or as the Orthodox Study Bible paraphrases: “”Mary’s response says, “I am a tablet; let the Writer write whatever He desires on it” (Theoph).”