“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).
“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord,” (Luke 1:45).
According to Luke’s Gospel, Mary is the first person to demonstrate faith. As a young girl, when the angel approached her to tell her she would have a baby, Mary was troubled by what he said, apparently not by his presence. Maybe she was accustomed to seeing angels. Perhaps if we weren’t so distracted by other things we would see more of them.
The angel said three things about her and those are the things that troubled her. He said she was highly favored, that the Lord was with her, and “blessed are you among women.” She didn’t seem to know that any of these were true. Then after the angel tells her how mighty her son will be, her first reaction is to ask how can this happen since she doesn’t know a man (intimately).
The angel brings the conversation back to a normal level, talking about Elizabeth expecting a baby. And after that, Mary makes a leap of faith. She says to let it be done to her according to the angel’s word. She buys the whole package. What interests me is that she says this right after the angel says, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” That is also what we hang our faith on—God. He can do anything. He wants to do it. He will do it.