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. ~Luke 1:35
What’s the hardest thing you have ever been asked to do? There is an uncomfortable feeling we all have when we are unexpectedly requested or told to do something that we have never done before. However, imagine even more how uncomfortable we feel when we are required to do something that never has been done by anyone! Mary was told she would do something that did not sound possible and had never been done before. This morning, let us be encouraged that nothing is impossible with God.
We see the mission.
“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” The angel Gabriel was sent from God to Mary to announce a special onetime mission she would have an integral part in. Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Son of God would enter our sin-cursed world through her womb. She would conceive the baby without a human father. This mission had many aspects that sounded so hard. First, she was betrothed. She was being asked to bring forth a son that she and Joseph would care for, but Joseph would not be the father of. Second, she would conceive without a human father. The birth of the baby would be a virgin birth. All of this sounded complex, impossible, and unbelievable.
We see the means.
“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 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.” Mary was overwhelmed that God gave her the mission to fulfill the promise of God for the Christ to come. So, she asked, “How shall this be?” Gabriel explained to her that the Holy Spirit and the power of God would touch her body to conceive the sinless, spotless, holy, infinite, almighty Son of God! The piece of the equation was solved for her by God! It was the power of the Highest that made this possible.
We see the miracle.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Mary conceived and carried the Lord Jesus in her womb for nine months of pregnancy. As each day passed, she grew great with child. For nine months, she treasured what was happening in her womb unlike any mother has ever done. She counted each day that led to the birth as a privilege and a priority. I imagine that her spiritual life took a major leap forward and she would never be the same. During the ninth month when she was great with child, she conceived and brought forth the Son and called His name Jesus! The first and only virgin birth occurred. The Son of God entered into this world just like us, but without sin! A miracle of epic proportions occurred and prophecy was fulfilled.
We see the motivation.
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” What happened with Mary are powerful lessons that are motivating. First, let us exercise great faith in our praying. God does the impossible and there is nothing too hard for Him. Second, let us have a willing desire for God to use us. Third, let us be willing to pay the price for God to use us for His glory.
Nothing is impossible with God! This Christmas, be inspired to have greater faith in God’s power in your life.
Have a faith-enriched day!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Peter 1-3