Summary: God's work is always outside the realm of human possibility.
It is absolutely impossible to become a Christian. Down through the years many have tried and have failed most miserably. The problem is people are taught that they can become a Christian anytime they want to. This gives people room to put it off to a “more convenient season.”
Most people confuse Christianity with religion. Christianity is not a religion. Religion can make a person a better person; can help cultivate good morals and ethics. Religion can do a lot of good for people but it cannot deal with the person’s eternal destiny or relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our basic problem is that we always look at things from a human standpoint. We see a problem, or think it’s a problem, and try to come up with a human solution for that problem. We mean well, but some things have no human solution. Becoming a Christian, is the main one.
We live in a society that believes all they have to do is put their mind to it and they can fix anything. The recent massacre of 20 first-graders is an illustration. People, especially politicians, think if they just get their heads together, they can come up with a fix-all solution. How long have men been around? None of these problems have ever or will ever be solved. “Nothing new under the sun,” sighed King Solomon.
Man is not very good with solving moral problems how do you think he would fare with spiritual problems?
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic, “The Scarlet Letter” the leading character, Hester Prynne, says something rather enlightening towards the end of the novel. In effect, she said after she had taken off her burden, “I didn’t realize how heavy this burden was until I took it off.”
Like Hester Prynne, we have grown accustomed to our burden of sin and forget that it is there.
The Scripture today focuses on the Virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. This brings to the surface some issues demanding our consideration.
God’s work is always outside the realm of human possibility.
Gabriel says to the Virgin Mary, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
This was an answer to Mary’s logical question, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
Mary presents a very good point. The birth of Jesus Christ as announced by the angel Gabriel was simply impossible. No way could Mary give birth to a child without the intervention of a human father. There has never been, and never will be, a virgin birth since the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us not just push this aside as simply a miracle with no spiritual application for us today.
God’s work is never limited to man’s strength. Man, cannot dig himself out of his hole. The more he digs, the deeper the hole gets.
“Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:9).
There is no way we can work ourselves out of the mess we are in. The bridge between God and man has been destroyed. It is impossible for man to reach up to God.
This is the weakness of all religion. Religion is trying to reach God through works and personal merit. We all fall short of the glory of God.