When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her, "... thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, ..." (Luke 1:31) she was understandably perplexed. She knew it was absolutely, biologically impossible to be pregnant. Although Mary and Joseph were engaged, she was a virgin. The angel explained that the Holy Ghost would cause it to happen and that her child would be the Son of God.
A tangible sign is then given. Elizabeth, Mary's elderly cousin who was known as barren, was then six months pregnant. The final words recorded from Gabriel in this conversation may very well be the most overlooked verse in the Christmas story. He states, "For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)
With God nothing shall be impossible! Those words are so powerful. If we know nothing is impossible with God, why do we often live our lives as if our particular situation is different? When the test results show we have cancer or some other serious illness - nothing is impossible with God. When we lose our job and the bills start to pile up - nothing is impossible with God. If our closest relationships have fallen apart and it seems there is no chance for reconciliation - nothing is impossible with God. If our unsaved loved one continually rejects the gospel - nothing is impossible with God!
In Luke chapter 18, Christ interacts with a man we sometimes call the rich young ruler. When the man finds out that his good works and great riches won't give him a pass into the Kingdom of God, he went away sorrowing. Verse 26 says, "And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?" Basically they were saying, "It's impossible; no one can be saved!" From a human perspective, that is absolutely correct. Based on our own merits, none of us can have our sins forgiven and enjoy a relationship with God. Christ replies in verse 27, "... The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
With God. Christ's name Emmanuel literally means, "... God with us." (Matthew 1:23) The birth of Jesus was God physically with us. When He returned to heaven, Jesus left His Holy Spirit with us not only to comfort us, but also to give us God's power.
This Christmas, remember that no matter what situation waits for us in the days ahead, with God nothing shall be impossible!
Written by Paul Sallmen