Are there things in your life you would consider impossible? Do you have challenges that are just too big to overcome?
Do you believe in miracles or the supernatural? Are they fables, or real and true for all times? If we don’t believe in the supernatural then we can’t believe in God because He is supernatural. Each year we celebrate Christmas to remember the birth of Christ and to remember He is coming again. Christmas should also be a reminder that with God ALL Things Are Possible!
Luke 1:26–38 Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
The impossible accomplished in unexpected places. (Verse 26)
The setting of this Christmas miracle was the small village of Nazareth. You would think a city such as Rome would be a more appropriate setting. However, God demonstrated His miracles can be found anywhere.
- Nazareth was a providence of Galilee
- Population: 400
- Common Trade: Farming
- Not mentioned in the Old Testament
- Referred to in John 1:46 by a disciple (Can anything good come out of Nazareth?) sarcasm
Do you believe God can do the impossible where you are right now? He has done the impossible in the most unlikely places before. Your town is not too small for the miraculous intervention of God. Your city is not too large for miracles either. No matter how overwhelmed you might feel by the unimpressive size of your town or the intimidating powers around you or the limited resources you have, remember that nothing is impossible with God.
The impossible accomplished in unexpected people. (Verses 32–37)
God used Mary, a small town girl to accomplish the impossible. She was a virgin and she was well aware of that fact when she received the news about her pregnancy. She was confused and asked for clarification, “How can this be possible?” Gabriel told her, “Nothing is impossible for God (Verse 37).
Small town girl blessed among women
- Mary was between 12-14 years old when the angel visited her.
- She was unknown outside of Nazareth
- Her dreams were probable very simple
- She was the subject of prophecy (Isaiah 7:14).
- She was confused but believed.
God always does the most unexpected things through the most unlikely people
God accomplishes the impossible by supernatural measures.
Proverbs 3: 5, 6 reminds us, we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding… God is not bound by the laws of nature. He spoke out of a wind, parted the red sea and spoke to Moses from a burning bush without being consumed by the fire.
Often when we have a need and begin to pray we have a vision of how we think God can meet our need. We plan it out for Him and will even make that part of our prayers. However, when we can’t imagine a way for God to meet our need it can lead to discouragement. We need to remind ourselves that God doesn’t need our help to plan out how He will meet our needs. God defies the laws of nature to make the impossible possible.
No matter where you live, or who you are God can do a miracle in and through your life today. What’s your response? Do you believe He can do the impossible?
When the Angel appeared to Mary and gave her the news about her pregnancy she was confused, yet she believed. Her response was, let it be so. When John the Baptist’s father was given similar news by the same angel about John’s birth he asked for a sign so he would know it was true. We should follow the example set by Mary. Believe and receive God’s miracles for your life. Amen.