Faith, Jesus, Luke 1, Mother Mary, Slave
Imagine being a young woman. You are a virgin. An angel shows up and lets you know you are going to give birth to the Son of God and the Messiah.
You ask how that can be since you are a virgin. The angel lets you know that the Spirit of God will make it happen AND nothing is impossible with God.
NOTHING. Not a thing is impossible with God.
- EVERYTHING is possible.
- This word of God has been challenging my heart and soul lately.
- I know I have had things I did not believe God could do.
- I am leaning in to hear the word of our Father.
- If he says it, I can count on it.
Nothing is impossible. God is God.
So here is the deal. When the Angel said nothing is impossible, Mary said, “I am the Master’s slave. May it be to me as you have said.” Then a little while later Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother) said “Happy woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!”
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. “I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.
Mary’s believing response was to surrender herself to God as His willing slave. She experienced the grace of God and believed the Word of God, and therefore she could be used by the Spirit to accomplish the will of God. A “handmaid” was the lowest kind of female slave, which shows how much Mary trusted God. She belonged totally to the Master, body, soul, and spirit. What an example for us to follow!
Mary willingly submits to the role of service that God has favored her with. There is a wordplay in the very word “word,” because in Luke’s original text this word is the same as what’s translated “thing” in “nothing will be impossible with God.” The wordplay suggests that no word of God, such as the word about her conceiving as a virgin and giving birth to a son, will prove impossible of fulfillment. His mission accomplished, Gabriel leaves. Unlike Zechariah, Mary needs no punitive guarantee; for she has believed and submitted. Luke wants us to note her piety, which recommends the gospel about her son.
May I have faith to believe our Master Jesus. Nothing is impossible. Everything is possible.
Mark Shields said:
God makes the impossible possible if we start by doing what is necessary. Then doing what is possible until the impossible is being done with God’s help. God’s blessings for a day fill with possibilities!
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Good reminder all things are possible with God
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