Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
Luke 1:34-38 NLT
When it comes to the story of the birth of Christ, what I love most are the details. This little turn of phrase, or that confirmation of who God is. In this section of the story, it is the last thing that the Angel says to Mary: for nothing is impossible with God.
I mean, really, isn’t that what any person who has faith in God believes? I sure hope so. But imagine hearing that from a heavenly messenger – not just hoping it is true in the depth of your own soul, but actually hearing it from the mouth of one who has spent his lifetime in the presence of the Living God of the Universe.
The Scriptures don’t tell us how or when angels – specifically Gabriel, in this instance – came into being. Who knows…maybe Gabriel was there to witness creation. It is safe to say that Gabriel has seen what God can do.
And now he stands before this young girl, Mary, and tells her that nothing is impossible with God. No wonder Mary has the faith to accept the angel’s message. No wonder she has the faith to go through all that she would face in her life.
But you know what? You and I may never meet an angel on this side of heaven. But the angel’s message is as true for us as it was for Mary:
Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing.