Who is Jesus? To the shepherds, He was a sign of respect and self-esteem. To the wise men, He was royalty. To the Jews of His day, He wasn’t what they expected. To His mother, Mary, He was God’s love.
This Christmas, I encourage you to read through the Christmas story from the original source—the Bible—and consider who Jesus was to the people involved. You’ll find the story in the first two chapters of the book of Matthew and the book of Luke. If those chapters pique your curiosity, I encourage you to take a leap of faith and keep reading. Read More…
“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” -Proverbs 19:11
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. -Luke 1:30-37
Notice Mary’s response to Gabriel when he told her that she would bear the Son of God. She asked the angel, “How?” That’s an understandable question! How would Mary bear a child when she was still a virgin? Wasn’t that an impossibility?
“It will happen by the Holy Ghost,” Gabriel explained.
If we want to define an impossibility, we could say it is anything in life that makes us ask God, “How is this going to come to pass, Lord?” We are speaking of things that absolutely cannot be humanly brought forth. However, the Bible says that nothing is impossible with God!
This Christmas, I encourage you to remember: God knows the “how” of every hopeless situation!
What is the key that will ensure that your relationships are healthy? How can you be sure that all your relationships are available for God to use? The answer is love. Part of the Lord’s greatest commandment is that we love our neighbor as ourselves.
“How do I do that?” you may ask. Well, the word love that is used here does not mean affection. This kind of love—the God-kind of love—is a love that gives. The Bible says that God so loved (agape) the world that He gave. As we learn to love other people with the God-kind of love—a love that gives—then we secure our relationships and make them available to God. Read More…
Six months after Elisabeth had conceived, another dimension of God’s redemptive plan was triggered. Elisabeth’s cousin, Mary, was visited by the angel Gabriel who gave her a message from God that she would conceive and give birth to a son after the power of the Holy Spirit came upon her. Mary conceived of the seed of God’s Word and her pregnancy of the Savior began.
Then Gabriel informed Mary that her cousin, Elisabeth, had conceived a son in her old age and was in her sixth month of pregnancy. After hearing the news from the angel, Mary went to visit Elisabeth. We can pick up the story in Luke 1:41–45. Read More…
One of the most powerful accounts of Scripture is the revealing of the redemptive plan of God for mankind. This biblical account is what’s known today as the Christmas story.
If you read carefully through the story, you’ll notice a particular phrase stated time and again: “…it came to pass.”
The repeated use of that phrase is a reminder from the Lord that no matter how oppressive your circumstance is, no matter how many mistakes you make, no matter what goes wrong in your life, the promise of God will still come to pass. Read More…