How, Indeed?

Luke 1:30-34

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”


Mary’s question, “How will this be?” reaches farther than the obvious, “How can a virgil conceive and bear a child?” There are more issues at hand than that. How can a mortal be called the Son of the Most High? How will he be given the throne of his father David? How will he reign over God’s people? How will his reign be an eternal one? How will Mary not give into fear at the sight of this angel?

You might be facing such questions yourself these days? How will I remain faithful to God in the face of the temptations all around me? How will God bring good out of the very bad situation in my family? How will God forgive me for that sin? How can I forgive my sister for her sin against me?

The answers to all these questions are embraced only by faith; we cannot reason them out intellectually or reasonably. That might lead some to disavow the answers offered. That might make some reject God’s work. But may it never be so of us! In the end, all we have are the promises of God. And the message of the angel is one promise after another. Thanks be to God for his promises! May we embrace them fully and faithfully!

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