Summary: In order for miracles to happen, there needs to be the key ingredient of BELIEF. What would have happened if Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds and Magi had not believed what the angel from God told them?
Every now and then every person asks for a miracle in their life. Can you recall miracles you have asked God for? Isn’t it great that we have the ability to ask God for such a thing?
A miracle is a visible interruption of the laws of nature, such that can only be explained by divine intervention. In other words, when there is nothing more that man can do, then God does it for us because He has the power to do all things impossible. We have confidence in this as we read Matt 19:26 “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” In Mark 9:23 Jesus reminded the man who brought his son to him because he was possessed by a demon, and no doctor and no other resource could remove it; and Jesus said to the man before he healed his son “Everything is possible for him who believes” and then Jesus gave him a miracle, and his son was healed.
Christmas time reminds us that miracles exist and that God does care for each of us, so much so that He loves to perform miracles in our lives. It is at this time of year we should especially reflect on the miracles of Christmas and the miracles that God has done in our own lives. To do so helps us to remember what we believe, and who we believe in. As we remind ourselves of what we believe, and say it out loud, it brings hope when we feel hopeless, it brings new strength when we feel weary, it brings joy when all we seem to see is struggles. It brings peace and confidence that far surpasses any human understanding. It is my hope that today we will look into our own lives and begin to remember the miracles God has given to each of us, reaffirming our belief in the reason for the season - Jesus, and to gain a new confidence that God is still in the miracle business in each of our lives today, and we can trust him for more each and every day.
As we look at the miracles of Christmas, we see an important key that makes miracles happen. That key is: Belief. Many people today still struggle with the story of Christmas simply because they do not believe. Belief is a major component of life for every believer. Without it, miracles cannot happen. All throughout scripture we find Jesus asking those who were about to receive a miracle from him ‘if they believed’. Each one who affirmed that indeed they believed received their miracle.
Just think ... our belief was newly birthed in each of us when we embraced the Christmas Story and its miracles. So what are the miracles of Christmas?
Miracles Of Christmas:
1. The first miracle of Christmas was when Mary, a virgin, was chosen to be the mother of the Son of God, and then became pregnant.
Read: Luke 1:26-38. An angel appears to a young woman, a virgin, the one appointed by God and tells her that she indeed has been chosen to be the mother of the Son of God. Not only that, but she would also become pregnant by the “power of the Most High” who would overshadow her ... not by man’s design, by God’s. And then the angel gives her this assurance “for nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). What made the miracle happen? Note Mary’s response in vs. 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’”