Christmas reminds us of many things about God. It reminds us of his love for us and the lengths he went 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 any of us to come to God on our own. Unless God changes our hearts, we will 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. And even if we desired to come to God it would not be possible, 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 works miracles and changes the hearts of those who despise him. He 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. I know because he did all this for me.
“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 people, then 7000 from only a few fish and loaves of bread. When his disciples’ fishing boat was about to sink in a storm, Jesus simply spoke and calmed the 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.
I have situations in my life that look impossible. I can’t imagine how God would ever be able to change them. But I know that nothing is impossible to him. He is sovereign over every atom in the universe, over every human heart. He can change anything and anyone. So I am going to keep asking, seeking and knocking, as he tells us to do in Matthew 7:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (7-11)
I love to give my children and grandchildren good gifts. And Jesus says “how much more” the Father loves to give good things to those who ask him. Often, when I’m praying I say, “Father, I’m asking that you heal my child (or grandchild, or whoever I pray for). Health is a good thing. Jesus said you give good things to those who ask you, so please heal them. Please give them the gift of health.
The Bible is one long story of God doing impossible things.
He creates a wife for Adam from one of his ribs. I don’t think I would have thought to ask God for that if I had been Adam. God delivers his people from slavery in Egypt by a series of impossible miracles. The Red Sea suddenly splits in two and there’s a path of dry ground right through the middle? I wouldn’t have seen that coming. Manna – heavenly bread – appears on the ground every morning? Nothing is impossible to God.
So don’t give up!
Nothing is too hard for our God. Nothing is impossible to him. No one is too hard for him to save. No situation is too hard for God to change. So keep asking, seeking and knocking. Who knows, this may be the Christmas he answers your prayers!