Written by Pastor David Ude / December 2015
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy- the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” -Luke 1: 26-38
We are the impossible ones, far beyond any help, far too filled up with selfishness, greed, and jealousy, addicted to sin, the most powerful and destructive drug of all. We should have been beyond help. But not to God.
What runs in your family? Good eyesight? (not in mine!) A love for sports? Farming? Impossibility? That’s what ran in Jesus’ family line, on both sides really. For His Father would be God the one for whom nothing is impossible (verse 37). His mother was Mary and her family history was full of impossible children. There was Noah and his family who survived a world-wide cataclysmic flood that killed every other person on the planet in a boat that Noah built! There was Isaac who was born to a 90 year old barren woman and her 99 year old husband. What about King Joash? Shortly after he was born, his wicked grandmother Queen Athaliah murdered every single member of his family…except him. In more recent family history there was Elizabeth (verse 36) who had just conceived a child though she too was old and barren. Truly impossibility ran in Jesus’ family line. His birth was the most impossible of all! He was born to a virgin (verses 34-35) and conceived by the Holy Spirit!
And that’s the way it had to be – an impossible birth for an impossible child. True God and True Man all in one. Fully divine, bursting with the impossible power that created and held all things together concealed in a feeble child subject to hunger, pain, sorrow, disease, and temptation. An impossible child to accomplish an impossible task.
Luke 18:26-27, “Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
Did you ever know someone you thought was beyond help? Perhaps someone addicted to drugs or alcohol? Perhaps a member of a gang – angry, violent, unwilling to change. Or maybe, on a lesser note, you have said to a family member “You’re impossible!” You know the truth? The salvation of mankind – that’s an impossible task. To rescue sinners like you and me from death and hell? Who could achieve that? We are the impossible ones, far beyond any help, far too filled up with selfishness, greed, and jealousy, addicted to sin, the most powerful and destructive drug of all. We should have been beyond help. But not to God. All things are possible for Him. This is why He sent Jesus. This is what Christmas is: the story of the impossible child who came to accomplish this impossible task: He died for your sins, that’s what He was born to do. He ransomed your soul for God. He redeemed you with His precious blood. He justified you. He washed you. He cleansed you. He forgave YOU! He did the impossible – not only living in Mary’s womb for 9 months but to live, by faith, in her heart and yours for eternity, to make you, impossibly, a child of God. Now you have a new family history. What runs in your family? An impossible salvation.