Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. v.32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: v.33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
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When the angel Gabriel first appeared to Mary and mentioned the idea of a virgin birth, she had trouble with it. In fact, the Bible records that Mary wasn’t as startled by the angel’s appearance as she was by the message. “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34)
Isn't it interesting that the Lord chose a doctor to write about it? As a physician, Luke’s training would have prejudiced him against the whole idea of a virgin birth. Yet, facing the evidence of his own training, he was so completely convinced of its truth that the he wrote the longest, most detailed, and most beautiful account of this marvelous event.
Well we all know that Gabriel ultimately convinced Mary to get beyond what her earthly mind tells her can’t happen. “For nothing is impossible with God,” he told her. (Luke 1:37)
What we see at work in the life of Mary is a test of faith. The Bible tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1) The world told Mary that it couldn't be, but God told her to believe otherwise. Think about it. Mary’s decision to submit to God’s will could have meant shame before her friends and family, not to mention the possible loss of a husband to whom she was engaged. She could have been stoned to death for becoming pregnant during her engagement. What a leap of faith!
God showed Mary, and the rest of us, too, what happens when we’re willing to forsake the world’s logic to accept His infinite promise that nothing is impossible when He’s in the middle of it. Mary’s greatest shame became her greatest glory.
So you see the Christmas story also demonstrates what can happen when we allow our faith to reach beyond what we understand. It’s that very same faith today that brings stories of healings to us, delivers drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, and sinners from destructive addictions, restores broken relationships, comforts those who mourn, and reminds us all that hope for the Christian is never lost.
As you celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ during this wonderful season of sharing and giving, remember to worship God with thanksgiving for sending His only begotten Son to redeem us and give us eternal life. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
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