Impossible Times (Luke 1)

 37 For nothing will be impossible with God. Luke 1:37

Each July, at least for the past several years, the Hal-Mark Channel has aired Christmas movies all month long under the theme of Christmas in July. If you have never watched one of the movies I can summarize all of them for you.  Here goes:

Young man or young woman goes through either tragedy or through a life change that leads them to a small town that loves Christmas.  It is always the Christmas season in those small towns.  Young man or young woman meets someone of the opposite sex in this small town.  The couple fall in love and just before the movie ends, they have trouble and they break up, but quickly it gets fixed and they end the movie madly in love.

Wow, is this how life is really lived?  If one listens to the media he or she believes such a life is impossible because we live in impossible times.

This week we come to the Gospel of Luke in our year-long reading plan.  Dr. Luke is called by God to write a detailed account (Luke 1:1-4) of the ministry of Jesus.

When Jesus entered the world scene it was during impossible times.  Rome was ruling the world and the world was in a mess.  Luke begins his narrative of Jesus life on the earth by sharing with us a few details of what took place in the 15 months leading up to Jesus birth.

One of those events was when the angel Gabriel came to a young virgin by the name of Mary.  He announces to here:

30 And 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 bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

The impossible was about to happen with Mary.  A virgin conceiving and a baby being born who was sinless.  It was impossible but praise God with God nothing is impossible.

The story of Christ coming gives us a glimpse into God’s glorious answer for the impossibilities of our day.  Mary would come to understand what was about to happen to here.  She cried out to God in praise:

50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.

This Monday you and I need to be reminded, the God who came to this earth came to give us glimpse of what He could do and what He did do and someday He is coming again.  But until that day He is extending mercy to all who call on His name.

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