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Nothing Is Impossible With God? Really???

  • When’s the last time you took your foot off the pedal and let God be God?
  • Do you tend to micro manage the Creator of the Universe and then get huffy because he didn’t do it like you told him
  • Then, do you give up because God is apparently “Out of Order?”
  • Perhaps if we just weave in a little Buddha, that’ll fix him just right.
  • There is this amazing moment in the Luke 1 passage where the angel that is speaking to Mary says, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

    Let that drop like a quasar on your soul.

    The truth is this: what is true for Mary is true for you.
    But the reality feels like this: My situation, my problems are to big for God.

    How is it that this promise has become so diluted in our faith culture? I think that we should be able to hang all of our hope on the knowledge that what is spoken here is true, as a statement and as testimony to a historical event:

    The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

    Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. (Luke 1:35-38 NLT)

    I think this picture might illustrate the problem:

    Jesus said, “I am the Light.”
    This is a powerful statement.
    It means that into the darkness a light has shined.
    In the deep darkness of our lowest moment, Jesus is there.

    But we aren’t really comforted by that.
    We don’t want a God who is in control.
    Instead we want a god that we can control.
    We don’t want a Lord who is the light of the world.
    We want a lord who is a flashlight in our hand.
    One we can use to lighten our way…whichever way we choose.
    Or, perhaps, one that sits comfortably next to the Buddha (who promises to enlighten our way).

    But that’s not Jesus.
    Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life.
    Jesus is the Light of the World.

    “In him was life, and that life was the light of all people.
    The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. [Jn 1:4-5]“

    It’s true that nothing is impossible for God.

    Fred Craddock writes, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” That’s the text, and it is a preacher’s delight, because you don’t have to go into who said what to whom and bring up Samuel or Saul or Moses or Paul or anybody. It’s just one of those statements that’s true without context. Nothing is impossible with God. You can put it in a bottle and toss it in the sea and have it wash up on a distant shore, and it’s true. You can put it on a banner and have an airplane carry it across the sky, and it’s true. You can write it on a slip of paper and put it under your pillow; it’s true.”

    Don’t settle for an LED Jesus when the Light of the World is breaking into human history.

    What is true for Mary is true for you!

    Merry Christmas