God of the Impossible

lightstock_330521_download_medium_angela_The mother of Jesus was a girl named Mary. I want to look at two different aspects of this truly remarkable woman.

The first place I want to look at is found in Luke 1:26-38

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in to her and said, Hail, one receiving grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what kind of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, Do not fear, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold! You shall conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name JESUS. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God shall give Him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end. Then Mary said to the angel, How shall this be, since I do not know a man? And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit shall come on you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you. Therefore also that Holy One which will be born of you shall be called Son of God. And behold, your cousin Elizabeth 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. And Mary said, Behold the servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.

She is in wonder at how this could be and in verse 37 the angel Gabriel tells Mary that nothing is impossible with God!

That is an incredible statement about Mary. Especially considering her likely age at the time this happened. She was betrothed which at that time probably meant she was between the ages of 12 and 14. By the standards in America now, she was still a child.

A betrothal in that time and culture was the equivalent of being married without actually living together or consummating the marriage. The parents of both the bride and the groom would make the arrangements. Betrothals usually lasted for about a year, but could last up to 7 years. During The betrothal time the bride and groom may or may not have had any contact with each other. It was expected that the bride would stay a virgin until the groom came to get his bride.

When the angel Gabriel told Mary she would be with child that packed a big punch in that society. If she was found to be with child having not yet been with her husband, it would be assumed that she had been in an adulterous relationship. The punishment for this was death by stoning.  She knew she could be accused of adultery and if Joseph publicly proclaimed her guilt it could have ended in her death. This was no small thing.

Yet, with this knowledge, her response is beautiful! In vs.38 Mary says, “Behold the servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.” She didn’t respond in fear or doubt. Her faith was huge. She believed that God would do what He said even though it was impossible by human standards. It was humanly impossible for her to be a virgin and be pregnant.

She still believed. In fact, she embraced it and welcomed it.

God picked her to be the mother of Jesus, His Son. And she believed and accepted it.

Then she went to see Elizabeth. And when she arrived, Elizabeth said to her in vs. 45, “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”

Mary was blessed because she believed. She believed in the impossible because God told her it would happen.

Now if we fast forward to John chapter 2 we find Mary and Jesus at a wedding in Cana. Jesus has not started his public ministry yet. He is a participant at the wedding along with some of his disciples and his mother, Mary.

A wedding feast in that day was a time of food and wine. It was a solid week of celebrating. To run out of wine was frowned upon. It would have been a social disaster for the new couple. That was one of the reasons betrothals lasted for up to a year and sometimes up to 7 years, because they were preparing for the big celebration. They had to prepare a place to live as well as have enough food and wine for the celebration to last a week. To run out of any of those things was a disaster and would have affected the newly married couple dramatically.

Cana is a close town to Galilee where Mary and Jesus were from. It was probably the wedding of a close family member. When Mary discovers that they are out of wine she is moved to take action because of the impact this would have on the couple.

So Mary appeals to her son to do what she knew He could do.  She knew He could do the impossible.

John 2:1-5 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. And the mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus and His disciples were both invited to the marriage. And when they lacked wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what do I have to do with you? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.”

What does Jesus do? His reaction is amazing. He tells her, it’s not time.

But I can picture her smiling at him and then ignoring His response completely. She wasn’t swayed from her belief that He would do what she asked. She simply turned to the servants and declared, “Whatever he tells you to do, do it.”

I can see her then turning her eyes on her son with expectation.

Jesus was moved to action by his mother’s request. She did not leave room for doubt or unbelief. She was unwavering in her conviction that He would do the impossible. And He did!

John 2:6-10 And there were six stone waterpots there, according to the purification of the Jews, each containing two or three measures. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  And He said to them, “Now draw out and carry it to the master of the feast.”  And they carried it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water which was made wine (and did not know where it was from, but the servants who drew the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets forth good wine, and when men have drunk well, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now.”

He not only did the impossible but He did it with excellence.

How can we apply any of this to our lives?

First, God is the God of the impossible.

Mary was blessed because she believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her. God is speaking to each of us right now, but are we listening. Are we placing ourselves in a place to hear and receive what He wants to say to us. God chose a child. She most likely was as young as 12 years old. Do not think for a second that God isn’t speaking to the children around you. Are we telling them to listen and respond to the voice of God? Are we listening and responding to the voice of God?

Second, God has a plan and purpose for each of our lives. I believe God is moved by our unwavering belief that He will do the impossible. Just like Mary went to Jesus and declared the need and the expectation that he would do something miraculous. We must go to Jesus in prayer and declare the need and the expectation of the miraculous.

Life is full of impossible situations. But God is the God of the impossible.

Believe that God will do what He says.

Believe that God is speaking and directing if you will listen.

Believe that God has a plan for your life.

Believe that God will be moved with compassion for you.

Believe that God will do the impossible.


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