Upon being told she would be mother to Jesus, the Son of God, Mary responded, “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel… “No word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled. Luke 1:34–38


Heavenly Father, the one thing we share in common with Mary is being shocked and intrigued, having hope-mixed-with-unbelief, in response to your history-defining, cosmos-claiming, very personal promises about Jesus. We are so grateful that Jesus, himself, is the definitive  “Yes” to everything you have promised in your Word. (2 Cor. 1:21).

Though in an entirely different way—as surely as you placed Jesus in Mary, you have done the same for us. “Christ in us” is our sure and only hope of glory (Col. 1:27), and “us in Christ” is the guarantee of our righteousness and citizenship in heaven.

And as your Word and Spirit do their work in our lives, “Christ is being formed in us” (Gal. 4:19) One most awesome Day, we will actually be like Jesus, and will love like Jesus forever. (1 John 3:1-3; Rom. 8:29). That Day cannot arrive too soon.

We too say, “How will this be?” And we hear you answer back, from the Scriptures, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 18:27). “No word from God will ever fail.” Thank you Father, and for the rest of Advent, well into the new year, give us great joy in surrendering to your work in us, and through us. So Very Amen we pray in Jesus’ exalted and powerful name.