Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me
according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
I believe in a supernatural God who loves to interact with His
children in supernatural ways!
Christmas is a story of exactly that — miracles! It's the
supernatural involvement of a radical, loving Father God mixing with
His creation in a beautiful, wonderful way to bring to earth Jesus
the Messiah. From angels to dreams, and from Magi following stars to
shepherds hearing the host of heaven, the coming of the Son of God
was nothing short of supernatural.
This little passage from Luke is no less supernatural. The Holy
Spirit was promised by the angel to "overshadow" Mary, a young
virgin teenager, and she would carry the Son of the Living God. It
was miraculous. It was supernatural.
And then, the angel makes a statement that is absolutely
astounding — "For with God, nothing will be impossible!"
We all know from the rest of the story that the events unfolded
just as the angel foretold.
But I believe that this promise was not just for Mary. "With God,
nothing is impossible!" I believe that this promise is for you and
me right here in Lincoln, Ill. (and region), at the end of 2013. I
still believe that nothing is too hard for God!
Last spring, we watched as God unstopped the ears of a baby boy,
documented by doctors the next day. We have seen him heal chronic
migraines and backs. He has healed many people just this past year.
Some say miracles are for yesterday, but don't tell that to any of
these people! With God, nothing is impossible!
Now we don't serve a Santa Claus God who simply gives us whatever
we wish for. (That's not the God of the Bible.) But read through the
gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Read through the book of
Acts. They are filled with Jesus and the early church doing
miracles! They participated over and over with a wonderful God who
so obviously wanted to do great things for people. The lame were
healed, the blind saw, those in bondage were set free. Real hope
came to the hopeless!
Yes, the most wonderful miracle is when a person surrenders their
life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! This is a supernatural
event, when we fallen people encounter a marvelous Savior who has
paid the price for our sin. Thank you, Lord! But the interaction
between God and His people doesn't stop there.
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