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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