Studying this passage, the first step I see in the path to purpose is “be prepared.”  The Prophet Isaiah said the Messiah would be born to a virgin (Is 7:14), and Mary had maintained her purity.  If she had compromised her purity for a moment of pleasure, she would have forfeited the honor that was to be hers.  Once we embrace the idea that we have a God-given purpose, we need to prepare.

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Forsaken for US

When it comes to knowing one’s purpose, Jesus knew that He was born to die for the sins of the world and rise from the grave three days later.  He knew victory over death was ahead of Him and that He would be restored to His full glory at the right hand of His Heavenly Father.  But He also knew that the path to the empty tomb and His exaltation would lead Him through the shame and humiliation of the cross. 

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