26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He 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, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26–38, ESV)
The words spoken to Mary by the Lord’s messenger Gabriel were the Lord’s words. This means that what the angel had spoken was what God had spoken. What the angel was saying was what God was saying. This is so because Gabriel did not speak his own word, but the Lord’s Word. Therefore, what Gabriel, as the messenger of the Lord, spoke, would indeed come to pass.
Mary, the virgin woman, the woman who had not known a man sexually, would conceive and bear a Son. To nonChristians, this announcement may sound like a myth or fantasy. But as the Lord’s Word, what the angel spoke was neither. Through His messenger, God revealed to Mary what would be. She had no reason to doubt, no reason to conclude that the angel was lying. Rather, she had every reason to believe the words spoken to her.
It is for the sole reason that she believed the promises spoken to her that she confessed, “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Such faith produces firm confession in what the Lord says and does. Such faith produces firm confidence that what God says will indeed come to pass.
God fulfills His promises. He remains steadfast to His Word. Thus, through the virgin, the Savior of the world was come (Isaiah 7:14). This Savior was born of the virgin, though conceived of the Holy Spirit. He “suffered, died, and was buried, and the third day rose again from the dead.” This is Jesus, who went to the cross in all lowliness and humility, who also in all lowliness and humility, was born of the virgin and laid in a manger.
Such is the Savior from sin and death whom God freely you gives that you have eternal life through faith in His Name. Though many rejected Him, and still do, because of such lowliness by which He entered into the world and because of such lowliness by which He makes Himself known today (i.e. Word and Sacrament), His people do not. His people believe the Word which He speaks. They have confidence in His promises. They trust His salvation. They know that the messengers whom He sends speak the truth, for they know His Word, and rejoice in it. Amen.