After centuries of rebellion against God, and life ruled by unworthy judges and kings, the nation of Israel could hardly expect a future. Yet even amidst His judgments on them God continued to deliver promises of a future king even greater than David. In this text, Mary, a humble Jewish girl is the one blessed to receive God’s final climactic gospel announcement of a king named Jesus, whose reign would never end. This One, a son miraculously born to her, would bring salvation, not only to her people, but to all humanity.