December 6, 2018
Luke 1:26-38 (CEV)
26 One month later God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee 27 with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David. 28 The angel greeted Mary and said, “You are truly blessed! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was confused by the angel’s words and wondered what they meant. 30 Then the angel told Mary, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, 31 and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High. The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was. 33 He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end.”
34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this happen? I am not married!”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. 36 Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old. No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son. 37 Nothing is impossible for God!”
38 Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” And the angel left her.
To be honest, I’m not sure what the difference was. Zechariah questioned and was muted until the baby arrived. Mary seems to have asked a similar question, “How can this happen? I am not married?!”, and she gets an explanation and a reminder. The reminder is that nothing is impossible for God.
But look at the condition and willingness of Mary’s spirit. She gushes, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” Maybe, just maybe, Zechariah wasn’t as gushing and as willing in his spirit. Who knows? God does!
How available are you to God? I am confident that God is looking to use each and every one of us for his good work. Each and every one of us has gifts and, like Mary, are called to “bear Christ to the world.” In this manic season of parties and dinners, celebrations and activities, could you make yourself available to deliver the good news of Jesus Christ? Remember, with God, nothing is impossible, not even us making ourselves more fully available to bless the world in the name of Jesus.