How Will This Be?
How Will This Be? (Luke 1:26-38)
That the entry of King Jesus would be unusual was clear from the start. God did not dispatch Gabriel to Jerusalem but to Nazareth, an obscure rural village with a poor reputation (John 1:46). And God did not select a princess to be the mother of Messiah but a lowly servant girl (Luke 1:48).
Welcome to God’s upside-down way of doing things. He makes foolish the wisdom of this world so that the glory belongs to Him alone (1 Cor. 1:21).
Luke tells us that Mary is not just jolted by the angel’s appearance but also by his words (v.30). She found favor with God? She will bear a Son? A holy Son? A King with an everlasting kingdom?
After the initial shock, Mary appears surprisingly rational. She does not question, she inquires: “How will this be, since I am a virgin”? (v.34)
It is a faith-based inquiry. Mary does not challenge that it would happen. She just wants to know how. Gabriel explains, well sort of. It sounds more like a clarification that begs further questioning. In short: The Holy Spirit would father the child in her (v.35). That is how Mary, God’s hand-picked virgin peasant girl would conceive.
God is not chained to the laws of nature. Because He created these laws, He is free and able to break them at His command. “For nothing will be impossible with God” (v.37). Absolutely nothing. Period. End of discussion.
This young teenage girl has no further questions. She believes the word of the Lord. She knows that long ago Yahweh made a way for thousands to cross the Red Sea. She has heard the stories about manna in the wilderness, Daniel’s rescue from the lions and how God dispatched a fish to swallow a disobedient prophet.
My paraphrase of Mary’s beautiful confession of faith in verse 38 is simply this: “Okay”. Not “what about” or “what if” but willing submission (Luke 1:45). Mary is blessed for believing that God is specialized in doing the impossible (v.45). What about us?