05/27/W – Nothing Will Be Impossible

Numbers 21:31-22:20; Luke 1:26-38; Psalms 58:1-9; Proverbs 16:4-5

NT: “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.” Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” The angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabeth — even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.” “See, I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:26-38‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Six months after the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah in the temple, he appeared to Mary in the overlooked backwoods town of Nazareth. The message that Gabriel brought to this insignificant young lady was that she was highly favored by God. That announcement completely took Mary by surprise and totally threw her off guard. She, of all people, wasn’t expecting that at all – which even goes to show the level of humility she walked in. Mary, who in the eyes of the world was a complete nobody, was favored by God and chosen to give birth to and raise His Son, the promised Messiah and Savior of the world. Mary’s question of “How can this be,” wasn’t a question of doubt. It was a question that came through her faith. She didn’t doubt that it would happen – she just wanted to know how it would happen, and Gabriel gave her the answer. What a pleasure it is to God when we have faith like Mary… when He calls us to do something that is far beyond our ability to do, instead of doubting, we respond with, “That’s amazing! How are you going to do it?” With God, nothing will be impossible. If He can take a poor, insignificant young woman from nowhere’s-ville Israel and make her the most significant woman in history, then He is well able to do in us what He desires to do as well. We just need to respond the way Mary responded: “I am Your servant, may it happen to me, just as You said.”

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