And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
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. 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. For nothing will be impossible with God.” 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 1:34-38 ESV
For I know that the Lord is great,
and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
who makes lightnings for the rain
and brings forth the wind from his storehouses. Psalm 135:5-7 ESV
The Starship Enterprise was stuck in the orbit of a planet, and if they couldn’t get away from the planet quickly they would crash into it and die. Captain Kirk ordered his engineer, Scotty, to start the ship’s engines immediately, but Scotty insisted that the engines needed a half hour to warm up before he could do that. The captain knew they didn’t have that much time, so he ordered Scotty to start the engines right away. Scotty though it would be impossible. “I can’t change the law of physics! I’ve got to have 30 minutes!” he told Captain Kirk. But what Scotty thought would be impossible was actually possible, and they were able to get away from the planet before crashing.
This is only a story, but it’s a little bit like the way Mary reacted to the angel’s news that she would be the mother of the promised Savior. She didn’t know how that could be possible, because she wasn’t married yet. But the angel reminded her that nothing was impossible with God. Mary could have remembered the many miracles God had done for his people over the centuries, and how things that had seemed impossible were possible with the Lord. The Angel Gabriel also told Mary about another miracle that God was doing at that time. Her cousin Elizabeth, even though she was an old woman, was expecting a baby. The Lord can do anything he wants to do, and when the angel reminded Mary of this, she said that she would give herself to the Lord’s will.
The Lord is always able to do things that seem impossible, and the greatest thing he did was to conquer sin and death and all the forces of evil for us. When Jesus died on the cross, his followers didn’t think they would ever see him alive again. Dead people don’t walk out of their graves, and anyone would have said that such a thing was impossible. But Jesus is God, and God can do anything. He came out of the grave on the first Easter Sunday, and showed that he is stronger than death and the devil. We know that he will also bring us out of our graves someday and into his heavenly kingdom, where we will live with him forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for doing the impossible for us and for making us your people forever. Amen.
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