Summary: We serve the God of the Impossible... Do you believe that? It will change how we live when we really take hold of this truth.
"Nothing Is Impossible For God!"
Pastor Glenn Newton
December 5, 2004
LK 1:26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
LK 1:29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
LK 1:34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
LK 1:35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God."
LK 1:38 "I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.
Do you realize this morning that we serve the God of the Impossible? Let’s remember as we look at our Bible’s today, as we look at Mary and her great Faith, as we see God’s plan being fulfilled…. Let’s remember that with God, nothing is impossible!
I want to highlight four thoughts from our passage this morning that I think will challenge us and encourage us as we draw closer to the Christmas Celebration.
First - You can find Favor with God - Mary Did!
Can you imagine what it was like for Mary that night when Gabriel showed up in Nazareth to talk with her. Mary who was pledged to be married to Joseph, was still in her teens. The Bible tells us that Joseph was a descendant of King David, which is important because the Bible predicted that the messiah would come from the line of David, it was a promise that God made King David hundreds of years before it came to past. Let me read to you from 2 Samual 9:6-7, this is God’s promise of the messiah to King David…
ISA 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
ISA 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
I want you to repeat after me…. God Always Keeps His Promises!
God always keeps His promises, even when we don’t. Don’t raise your hand this morning, but how many of us have made God promises and then turned around and broken those promises? I’m sure we all fall into that category don’t we?
It’s easy for us to see the bad in ourselves, and in others… it’s part of this human condition, but I want you to know that God see’s the Good in us. This morning, I want you to hear this message, I want you to realize and know in your heart, that you can find favor with God. Have you made mistakes, have you sinned… yes… we all say yes. But, because Jesus came as a Baby in Bethlehem, because Jesus died on Calvery for our sins, we can know the Forgiveness of sins, and we can live a life that pleases God, a life that honors Him… a perfect life… no, not in this world…. But a forgiven life, a life wrapped up in Grace.
Was Mary perfect? No, she was a teenager for goodness sake. Was she without sin? No, for all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God… that’s what the Bible tells us. In fact the Bible tells us she asked the same questions we all would have asked, LK 1:34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" She may have been young, but she wasn’t dumb… she knew that part of the equation wasn’t adding up, but God answered her, and told her what she needed to know, and then the key… She trusted Him.