Zacharias, Mary, and You

28 Dec

Luke 1 provides us with two accounts of the Angel Gabriel on assignment. In the first scene, Gabriel tells Zacharias that his prayers have been heard, and he and his wife Elizabeth will have a son and call him John.

Gabriel goes on to tell Zacharias that John would be a great man of God and that many would turn to the Lord through John. Zacharias asked how would he know this, adding that he was an old man and his wife was an old woman.

The Angel’s answer was swift. “‬‬“And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.” (Luke‬ ‭1:19-20‬). ‭

In scene 2, Gabriel appeared to Mary “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”(‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:30-33‬ ‭KJV).

“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”. (Luke‬ ‭1:34-35‬ ‭KJV‬‬).

Then Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” ‭‭(Luke‬ ‭1:38‬ ‭KJV‬‬).

What was the difference between Zacharias’ faith and Mary’s? Zacharias asked how can I know this? Or how can I believe this since my wife and I are so old. He wanted proof before believing. Mary asked how shall this be? She believed that it would be, and asked how it would come to pass.

Both Zacharias and Mary saw the fulfillment of God’s promise at the appointed time. God can not lie and will do whatever He said that He will do.(Numbers 23:19). However, Zacharias suffered with the inability to speak for a while as a direct result of his doubt, although he was a man of faith.

Yes, even people of faith can sometimes fall short and doubt, especially when we focus upon our inadequacies instead of God’s possiblities. Nevertheless, God is faithful, even when we are not.(IITimothy 2:13). Instead of asking how can I know, endeavor to trust in the Lord with all of your heart as Mary did. What promise has God placed in your heart? God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.(Malachi 3:6) With Him all things are still possible. (Luke 1:37) Believe!

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