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No Impossibilities.

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

The angel Gabriel brought Mary a testimony of the divine greatness of the child she was to bear—set apart from any human being who would ever walk the earth.
In Luke 1:35Gabriel tells her He will be of unique origin.
 Born of a virgin through the overshadowing power of the Most High, He will be—and eternally is—the Son of the Highest (v. 32).
His God-given name will be Jesus, which means “God saves.”
Because He will be mankind’s Savior, He is the One who will come as the promised Redeemer.

Unlike all other human beings, He will be wholly without sin, and therefore, the absolute Holy One (v. 35).

Because He is without sin, He will be the divine King who will reign over His spiritual kingdom throughout eternity (v. 33).

Finally, Gabriel assures Mary with a truth that has stood the test of time.

Everything that he announced to her was possible—even the amazing miracle of the incarnation of His Son—for with God all things are possible.

Nothing with God is impossible.

Give Him every impossible area of your love, and yield to the way He will solve each problem.

God, I give you all that is impossible, knowing that You alone are the God of the possible. Amen.


How Could a Virgin Have a Child?.

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. [Luke 1:35]

The key point in Gabriel‘s explanation is that what is about to happen to Mary will be the result of the direct intervention of God.

 The Holy Spirit is the agent of the Virgin Birth; overshadowing is the means of the Virgin Birth; the Son of God is the result of the Virgin Birth.

This suggests something that is often denied – even in evangelical circles.

It is often suggested that the Virgin Birth was not necessary even though it really happened, i.e., God could have brought Jesus into the world in some other way.

Gabriel’s words seem to indicate the opposite.

 The whole point of verse 35 is that the Virgin Birth produces the Holy One of God.

The “so” is very crucial.

Without the virginal conception by the Holy Spirit, the Holy One of God will not be born.

That suggests that, in reality, there really was no other way for Jesus to be born.

Gabriel’s words imply that the Virgin Birth was not just another Christmas miracle that God could have dispensed with had he so chosen.

Without the Virgin Birth, there would be no Christmas at all.

If someone inquires into the biology of the virginal conception of Jesus, we have only this verse to give them.

The Greek word translated “overshadow” (episkiazo) was used of God’s visible presence in the Old Testament tabernacle.

It pictures the God of light personally dwelling with his people.

 We might also think of the Spirit of God hovering above the waters in Genesis 1:2.

 “God’s powerful presence will rest upon Mary, so that she will bear a child who will be the Son of God.” (Marshall, Luke, p. 71).

Excerpted from “Mary: Believing the Impossible” from Keep Believing Ministries (used by permission).

By Dr. Ray Pritchard.

Why Bethlehem and a Virgin Birth?

The LORD said to Samuel…. Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem.
 I have chosen one of his sons to be king. (I Sam. 16:1)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Mathew 2:1); Samuel anointed David king in Bethlehem.

 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
(John 7:42) Their rejection of Jesus was based on their ignorance.
They didn’t know Jesus really was born in Bethlehem.
 There is a real sense in which Jesus is a divider of men.
Jesus repeated this idea in (Matthew 10:34-36) for I have come to set a man against his father… and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.
This was no afterthought or post facto remedy, of course.
 It was first announced in the Garden of Eden when God declared war on Satan:
 “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15)

Every Christmas season our thoughts turn to the birth of Christ and to his mother, Mary.

 To some extent, we all take the nativity for granted.
But why was Jesus born of a virgin and in Bethlehem?
One answer, of course, is to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14:
 “Behold the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.

Christ In You.

Christ in you, the Hope of Glory.” Colossians 1:27 NIV

The Virgin Birth is more than just another Christmas story; it illustrates just how close God wants to get to you.

In fact, He’s asking you the same question He asked Mary, “Are you willing to let Me move in?” Throughout scripture it’s always been His desire to get close to His people.

 Jesus told the disciples, “I am in you” (Jn 14:20 NCV).

Paul prayed, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts” (Eph. 3:17 NIV).

 John says, “Those who obey…live in him, and he in them” (1 Jn 3:24 NIV).

Paul wrote, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27 NIV), then he added: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20 NAS).

And Jesus said, “If anyone…opens the door, I will come in” (Rev. 3:20 NIV).

In the Old Testament God was with Adam and Eve in the Garden…He was with Abraham, and even called him His friend…He was with Moses and the Israelites.

But as a believer He’s in you – and He’ll keep growing in you until He comes out in what you say, how you act and the decisions you make.

Do you struggle with bitterness, worry, habits and fear?

Not Jesus! And because He lives in you, you have access 24/7 to His unlimited power!

That’s why Paul writes about “striving according to His power, which mightily works within [us]” (Col 1:29 NAS).

 What’s in you? “His power!” What more do you need? Remember when the Lord appeared to Mary and she said, “Let it be…according to your word.” (Lk 1:38 NKJV)

Make that your prayer this Christmas!

By Bishop E. Earl Jenkins.

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