For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)
That’s what the angel Gabriel told young Mary when he came to her announcing that she was favored among women by God and would thus bear His Son.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Just picture this scene – a young girl, betrothed to her beloved but yet a virgin, is visited by the angel Gabriel. That’s shocking enough, I mean, have you paid attention to what it says in the Bible about angels, it’s gonna be a memorable day for sure if one shows up before you. But not only did she get a visit by an angel but she was then informed she had found favor with God and was going to do the impossible, for her, have a baby. Not just any baby though, God’s own Son, Jesus! Now that’s a message fit for an angelic deliverer! A message that we still rejoice and celebrate today.
We still celebrate it today because even though Mary was surely surprised maybe even a little frightened of her angelic visitor and certainly perplexed and confused by his message. Being a virgin and all having a baby definitely seemed an impossibility to her.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (Luke 1:34)
But Gabriel was expecting that and he reminds sweet Mary that this is God, the Highest of High, the Most Mighty, the Creator of all – including Mary herself – and placing a special precious baby in a virgins womb is piece of cake for Him.
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.
And Mary instead of saying “What! Are you crazy? I am not having a kid, I mean what would people say? What will Joseph say? Uhn-huh! Nope! No Way!” That might have been what Mary would say today but girls were a lot different 2000 years ago. A lot! Mary had found favor with God though so obviously she trusted God, relied on God, obeyed God. So she simply says ok Lord, your will not mine.
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)
May we all be like Mary everyday. Because Mary said let it be according to your word we have hope, we have a promise, we have a Savior!