December – 2017
In Luke 1:5-38 we have two Christmas stories of the angel Gabriel telling people of upcoming births. The first was to Zechariah, telling him how he would soon become the father of John the baptizer. The second was to Mary, telling her how she was soon to become the mother of Jesus the messiah. Both prophecies are incredible. Zechariah and his wife were old and well past the years of normal childbearing, and Mary was a virgin. Gabriel’s messages naturally caused questions in the minds all of them.
Zechariah asked Gabriel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And because he questioned the truth of what Gabriel had said, (v.20) Gabriel pronounced judgment on Zechariah causing him to not be able to speak until John was born.
Mary’s question to Gabriel was, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” She didn’t question the truth of the prophecy, as shown by her statement “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” She just wondered how God would accomplish it.
As we read God’s promises in scripture, such as Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”, let us not question the truth of the promises, but watch in awe as He accomplishes them.