If Zechariah’s response was full of unbelief, Mary’s were full of faith. Her first question; ‘how will this be?’ is genuine, she was asking ‘how will this work?’ I’m sure she didn’t grasp everything even after Gabriel’s explanation but her final response; “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.” Provide a great example of how a person should respond to God. She must have known that there would be hard days ahead, she would be unmarried and pregnant, how would Joseph react? What of her reputation in a small community? ‘May it be to me as you have said’, seems to overpower the questions with simple faith.
Conceived of the Holy Spirit, referred to before his birth as the holy one and known as the Son of God. An extraordinary birth, a very special child yet fully human, one of us. And Mary who didn’t ask for a sign, is given one anyway. Elizabeth, her relative who has been unable to conceive and was past it, is six months pregnant! Nothing is impossible with God.
The Greek word ‘brephos’ translated ‘baby’ in verses 41 and 44 is the same word used to describe the Lord Jesus at his birth (2:12, 16) and of the babies brought to Jesus for a blessing (18:15). Elizabeth it appears was about six months pregnant (1:36, 39-41, 56) and as far as Luke is concerned, she is carrying a baby.
Genesis 1:16 contains a five word sentence that reveals a great deal about God. It says; ‘He also made the stars’. Scientists are beginning to gain an understanding of vastness of the universe, the number of stars in our galaxy, the number galaxies in the universe and unimaginable distances. Yet the Bible says simply; ‘He also made the stars’. God must be powerful in a way we cannot hope to understand.
We thank you Lord that nothing is impossible for you. Forgive us Lord when we seek to limit you through our unbelief.
Lord may we respond like Mary; “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.”