by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 1:30-35

Turn with me, friends, to the Gospel of Luke, chapter
1 and verse 30. Today we have the conversation of the
angel Gabriel with a human being, Mary. He announces
to her the coming birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. A
conversation of a heavenly being with an earthly

Favor With God

The angel says, "Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found
favor with God." Mary, like Noah in Genesis 6:8, found
favor with God.

Beloved friends, above everything else we want favor
with God. What good does it do if we have the favor of
all human beings yet when we come to go into eternity
we do not have God's smile, God's favor? Mary found
favor with God. The most important thing in your life
and mine and in the life of every human being is to
find favor with God. The only way is through the Lord
Jesus Christ.

Noah found favor with God and was spared from the
judgment of the Flood. He and his wife, his three sons
and their wives, were safe in the ark while God
drowned the rest of the world. The rest of the world
did not find favor with God, having rejected His
message, but Noah and his loved ones were spared. My
friends, there is a judgment day coming to this world,
and only those who find favor with God, have God's
grace upon them, will be spared from that hour of

Mary and Noah, though sinners, found grace and
kindness and good will from God toward themselves.
That is the meaning of the word grace: God's kindness,
God's good will. I repeat, friends: when you and I
come to leave this world and we go out into eternity
to meet God alone, nothing will matter but that we had
found favor with God. Thank God, we who believe on
Jesus have that. We have the grace of God in Christ.
"By grace we are saved, through faith, and that not of
ourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest
any man should boast." By GRACE we are saved, through
FAIT ...

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