The Response of Faith

 The Response of Faith

“I am the Lord’s servant.
May your word to me be fulfilled.”  (Luke 1:38)

The gospel of Luke opens with two accounts of miraculous pregnancies.  Certainly you are familiar with the second pregnancy, the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary.  But the first pregnancy was also miraculous, although not to the same degree!  The pregnancy I am referring to is the pregnancy of Elizabeth and Zechariah with John (who would later become known as “John the Baptist”).

Luke 1:19 tells us how the unlikely first-time father Zechariah responded to the angel’s revelation, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”  While we don’t know exactly how old Zechariah and Elizabeth were, it is clear that they were well beyond typical child-bearing age.  Look closely at Zechariah’s response, “How can I be sure of this?”  Because of Zechariah’s unbelief, the angel struck him with an inability to speak.  The understanding of man was silenced by the revelation of God.


Now let’s turn our attention to Mary’s response to the news of her pregnancy.  Of course, Mary’s pregnancy was, to all people, most unbelievable to her since she knew without any question that she was a virgin.  Luke 1:34 records her response, “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”


Note the subtle but profound difference between the two responses.  Zechariah said, “How can I be sure of this?”  while Mary said, “How will this be?”  Zechariah put himself in the position of judge over whether or not he would believe this news.  Mary responded in faith, believing that the revelation of God, no matter how far beyond understanding, is true.


How is it with you this Christmas season?  Are you believing in the good news of God?  Are you trusting in faith in the promised Savior?  Let us join Mary in confident faith as we say, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38)


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