It is possible!
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37
Over two thousand years ago in a small town called Nazareth the angel Gabriel appeared to a virgin named Mary. Confused and disturbed, the angel comforted Mary with the good news that she was highly favored of God to bring forth the long awaited Messiah. Then Mary asked the angel in Luke 1:34, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” Gabriel explained that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of God would overshadow her in order for her to bring forth the Holy Son of God. Then the angel declared, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Here is an eternal truth that reflects not only the power but also the great character of our loving God.
When the cold tundra grabs our feet, when the howling wind blows through our bones, and the dark days linger from sunrise to sunset, God is faithful to do the impossible. He is always demonstrating to His children that He is faithfully there for them by His Spirit overshadowing them with His power to do the impossible.
All throughout God’s creation He has placed little whispers of His mercy to encourage and comfort His children, even in the most difficult of times. From threatening clouds we get refreshing showers. From the black lump of coal comes the radiant diamond. From the thorn covered bushes the delicate rose still blossoms. These are the little whispers, little love notes, from our God to remind us of His detailed love for us and His power to do what we cannot.
The world does not understand these things simply because they do not love God. Those who do not love God cannot see the refreshing showers because of the dark clouds. Those who do not love God cannot see the radiant diamond in the lump of coal. Those who do not love God cannot see the beauty of the rose because of the thorns. Lastly, those who do not love God certainly cannot see the miracle of the birth of the Son of God into this world by a virgin.
All human reasoning logically tells us, “For a virgin to conceive a baby – that is impossible.” Logic tells us, “For the baby to be the sinless Messiah – that is impossible.” Furthermore logic tells us, “For one to believe such a thing – that is impossible.” You see my dear friend, just as God’s Spirit overshadowed Mary with His power for her to conceive and birth Jesus the sinless Son of God, so it is that God’s Spirit must overshadow the unbeliever with divine power so that he or she can believe the incarnation of the Son of God by a virgin. From His incarnation comes our salvation, which is impossible with man.
At this time of the year and throughout, remember that God takes the impossible and makes it possible!
David C. Hale, pastor