Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Impossible

Chuckle: "If people were not meant to have late-night snacks, why is there a light in the refrigerator?"
Quote:  “A miracle is an event which creates faith.  Frauds deceive.  An event which creates faith does not deceive; therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.”  --George Bernard Shaw
    "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will over-shadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.  For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:34-37 NIV).
Just take a moment and let the significance of these words sink into your mind and heart.  Here we see two women who were used of God; one to bring the Christ-child into our world and the other to birth John the Baptist who would herald Jesus' coming.  Not in our wildest imagination could such a scenario of miraculous events be conceived.  Miracles, by their very nature, are supernatural and originate from the realm of the “impossible.”  They baffle the minds of us mere humans.  As acts of God, they seem to go against the known laws of nature, science, and reason.  But some miracles seem even more impossible than others.  Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God” (Luke 18:27 NIV).  
God sent His Son into the world as a fulfilment of His promises to His people as written by the prophets.  That same Jesus has made some wonderful promises to you and me.  He has promised to give us eternal life through faith in Him.  He has promised that our sins have been forgiven through His atoning death on the cross.  He has promised that His Holy Spirit will live within us as believers to teach us, guide us, convict us and encourage us.  He has promised never to leave us or forsake us.  He has promised to come back to earth a second time to claim His church and to take us into His presence for eternity.  These are wonderful promises that, sadly, are seen as foolishness to many because they appear to be impossible and make no sense to carnal minds.
We can rejoice not only in celebration of Jesus' miraculous birth but for all He has done for us and for His promises for our future.  It is by faith that we can claim these promises and have the complete assurance that what God says in His Word is absolutely true and reliable.  We know that God specializes in the impossible.  If we understood everything about God, He wouldn't be God, but only an extension of our own minds.  Let's rejoice that we serve a God who did the impossible by having a virgin conceive and be the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.  If God can do this, He can certainly bring to reality the promises He has made to us, His children.
We can rejoice with Mary as she said, ". . . the Mighty One has done great things for me -- holy is his name" (Luke 1:49 NIV).

Love, Jerry & Dotse


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