“Behold, the maidservant of the Lord!” #961

36  Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37  For with God nothing will be impossible. 38  Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:36–38, NKJV)

The angel Gabriel’s announcement to the virgin concerning her approaching pregnancy and the nature of her Child is well known (read Lk. 1:26-35). However, you may not be as familiar with today’s text. By telling Mary that her relative Elizabeth (although past the age of childbearing) was six months pregnant, God was giving her a sign that His word about her pregnancy and Child would also come to pass. Mary’s reply is impressive, as she willingly and completely yields herself to the word and will of God on this matter. Mary’s faith is worthy of our imitation. Her meek, submissive faith is just what we must have in order to be favored and blessed by God (Matt. 5:5). The word of God assures us He will fulfill His word concerning us (Heb. 13:5-6). Like Mary, may we offer up ourselves to the Lord to be His servants; with a faith that is wholehearted and without reservation.