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ROCK CITY FULL GOSPEL CHURCH, Inc.
New York and Florida
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Saturday, December 3, 2016
THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS
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. And
Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according
to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”
Luke 1:34-38 (KJV)
The Christmas story began in an
unlikely town—Nazareth. Nathaniel spoke for a generation of Jewish
people when he asked Philip, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from
there?” (John 1:46). God wasn’t deterred by the reputations of
the town of Nazareth or the region of Galilee. He was willing to go
to an improbable place to find a young girl who had faith. He
searched the world for the right young woman to carry His Son.
And was Mary ever the right choice! I have trouble believing for a
miracle even though there are historical precedences for it. Here was
a young girl who believed for a miracle that had never been
experienced before and hasn’t been experienced since. She would be
pregnant without the involvement of a man. A virgin would give birth
to the Son of God.
The social implications of her response were staggering. She was
engaged to Joseph, but they had not yet begun to live together. The
betrothal was for a full year and then the marriage would have taken
place. However, unfaithfulness during the betrothal period was as
serious as adultery after marriage. She and Joseph, and ultimately
Jesus, would live under a cloud of suspicion for the rest of their
Mary’s response to the angel’s announcement was predictable.
She was “troubled.” The Greek word means that she was thoroughly
confused and perplexed. Why shouldn’t she be? This had never
happened before in all human history.
Mary asked the only question that
made sense at the time: “How will this be,’ Mary asked the
angel, ‘since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34).
The angel’s response showed that
this would have to be the result of the Holy Spirit’s activity.
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High
will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the
Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
Miracles just don’t happen without the activity of the Holy
Spirit. It was true then for this amazing event and it’s true now.
So here is a lesson for all of us from the Christmas story, and it
applies to us not just at Christmas, but every other day of our
lives. We cannot live the life God wants for us, and achieve the
dreams he has for us, without the power of the Holy Spirit.
work of the Holy Spirit was God’s side of the miracle, but what
about Mary’s responsibility? Tucked away in the original language
of her conversation with the angel was a word that isn’t noticed
from a quick reading of the exchange with Gabriel. The angel said to
Mary, “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Mary
responded to the angel: “May it be to me as you have said” (Luke
Literally, the angel said to Mary, “No rhema of God is
powerless.” A rhema is a Greek expression for a “word.”
When God speaks, what He says isn’t powerless but is able to bring
a miracle to pass. She got the message. She responded, literally,
“Let it be to me according to your rhema.” Mary was
saying, “If the rhema of God is powerful and does not
fail, then let that word work for me.” God wants that to be our
response. “Since your Word is not powerless, let it be to me
according to your Word.”
We learn from Mary to never give up on the rhema of God.
There may seem to be obstacles to God’s promises, but those
obstacles can’t stop us if we hold fast to what God has said. His
word is powerful. The power of the Holy Spirit and the power of God’s
Word are still available. This would be a good time to watch what God
will do. It worked for Mary and it will work for us.
By Wally Odum
Please say this Prayer of Faith if you want or need more of God in your life:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I repent and come before you just as I am, with all my sins and faults. I confess
Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I believe in my heart that you sent your Son,
Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me and on the third day you raised him from
the dead. I thank you Lord, for receiving me now, forgiving me, healing me,
protecting me, making my life brand new, and for writing my name in the book of life.
In the powerful name of Jesus I pray. Amen.