Facing The Impossible? A Christmas Reminder For You…

Christmas reminds us of many things about God. It reminds us of his love for us and the lengths he went to in sending his Son to save us. Christmas also reminds us of how God chooses the lowly. It also reminds us that God is faithful to keep his promises. But one of the greatest reminders at Christmas is that nothing is impossible with God.

The angel Gabriel told Mary that she would experience the impossible. She would miraculously conceive and bear a child while still a virgin.

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” LK 1:31-33

To conceive a child without a man’s involvement is impossible. But God created the laws of nature and he can circumvent them if he chooses. Not only would Mary miraculously conceive a child, but he would be God – “the Son of the Most High.” But wait, there’s more:

“And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” (36-37)

Elizabeth had conceived a son “in her old age”. She was “advanced in years” (Luke 1:7), well past the time anyone could get pregnant. But she was. Because God is the God of the impossible.

Nothing will be impossible with God.

Not only is it physically impossible for a virgin or an elderly woman to conceive a child, but it is completely impossible for us to come to God on their own. Unless God changes our hearts, we’ll never come to him. For we are born in sin, at enmity with God, hostile to him. We have no interest in him, no taste or desire for him.  It is also impossible on God’s end for sinners to come to him, unless something happens. For he is infinitely holy and will not tolerate sin in his presence. No one can stand in the presence of the Consuming Fire unless they are sinless and perfectly righteous. He is high and lifted up and dwells in the holy of holies, where no one stained by sin can possibly enter.

But nothing is impossible with God. He changes the hearts of those who despise him and gives saving faith to those who don’t believe in him. He causes those who love sin to hunger and thirst for righteousness. He makes the proud humble. He washes filthy sinners clean and clothes them with the righteousness of Christ. He makes those who disdain him long for him with a pure and holy passion.

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Are you facing an impossible situation? Do you see no earthly way it can change? Maybe it’s a family member who seems too far gone to save. Or an impossible financial situation. Remember Jesus fed 5000 and 7000 from a few fish and loaves of bread. He spoke to typhoons and calmed winds and waves. When he needed money for the temple tax he sent Peter fishing and he caught a fish with a coin in its mouth.

Maybe you’re ensnared by sin and can’t quit.  Maybe you’ve been sick for years. Keep asking, knocking seeking. Don’t give up! Nothing is too hard for our God. Nothing is impossible to him. Who knows, this may be the Christmas he answers your prayers.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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