Advent Week 1 | "Nothing is Impossible"
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. -Luke 1:26-38
Consider, if you will, the fright of this young woman.
“Who is this messenger? Why is he coming to me?” Her once simple life immediately disrupted by a heavenly appearance.
“Do not be afraid,” the voice booms, “for you have found favor with God.”
And she is told how, though she is young, she will bear a child. But not just any child: he will be great, the Son of the Most High. He will inherit a throne, he will reign, and his reign will be eternal.
“How will this happen?” A just question at such a time – what an overwhelming moment to face!
Yet into a vast, tumbling sea of uncertainty comes the promise that anchors all hope – “nothing will be impossible with God.”
The natural stands, but “normal” and “possible” are mere phrases to the great I Am. The seas don’t normally part. Fire doesn’t come down from heaven. Food doesn’t fall from the sky. Men don’t survive nights alone with lions, nor do they survive furnaces heated seven times over. Virgins don’t give birth. The blind, the deaf, and the lame don’t regain their capacities. Men don’t walk on water, nor are they risen from the dead.
And yet, the greatest feat of all came just over thirty years after young Mary’s astonishment: “He is not here, but has risen.”
Stones don’t roll away by themselves. All of humanity’ sin can’t be pardoned… except by the Father of Lights, who makes all things possible.
When doubt has crept in to snuff out all wicks of hope, remember the frightened girl emboldened to obedience by the eternal promise: “Nothing will be impossible with God.”