Luke 1:26-38 (Today’s New International Version)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called [a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.
There are a number of thinkgs I could say abou this passage for me, the heart of the text boils down to one word from the angel:
“For no word from God will ever fail.”
For generations, the prophesies of the coming Messiah came from the very mouth of God to Abraham, Moses, David, the prophets, and John the Baptist.
Now remember that between Genesis 3:15 and John the Baptist’s ministry, there was bondage, idolatry, judgment from God, exhile, return, and imperialism—all of which could make one forget the promises of God.
Yet no word from God will ever fail.
Mary needed to know that the power of God was not limited to her own limitations or social location. She had to trust in His character and ability to do the impossible. So with that resolve, she could utter “May it be to me according to your word.”
The angel left the building but faith took up its abode in the heart of Mary.