Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:34-37, (NASB)
Jesus’ prayer for us in John 17 boggles my mind. What does it mean that Jesus shared His glory with me or that the Father loves me like He loves Jesus? I don’t understand how the Father is in Jesus, and Jesus is in me, and I am in Him. I just know this mystery is not impossible for God.
What I do get is I don’t have to pay for a cellular plan to connect with God. I don’t have to be in a hotspot for Him to answer. He is closer than my next breath. He loves me more than my best friend, and He has the power to protect and care for me.
I don’t have to rush out and beat the crowd to get what I need. I’ll never hear the Creator say, “I’m sorry, someone just picked up my last one, ten minutes ago.”
Jesus has limitless power and authority. Nothing can compare with Him. The Pharisees recognized Jesus had some unusual power, but they assumed he couldn’t stand up to a military cohort (500-1000 soldiers). In other words, they put limits on His power. But Jesus only had to say, “I am He,” and the whole bunch fell flat. Ten million soldiers couldn’t have nabbed Jesus if He hadn’t wanted to be arrested.
Jesus was in charge. He picked the time and place of His arrest. He told the soldiers who they could take and who they would leave. Jesus is still in control. He knows everything that will happen. And He has prayed for you and me.
Because I can’t fathom God, I too have limited His abilities in my thinking. I may never say that, but my hope reflects it.
Where have you put limits on Jesus? Maybe in your mind He can:
- Handle stage 2 cancer, but not stage 4.
- Handle cancer one time, but not if it returns.
- Work the sins committed in ignorance together for good, but not sins committed willfully in a rebellious state.
- Provide the grace to overcome a new bad habit, but not one we’ve had for years.
- Grant you joy once, but not now.
Do we look at the visible supply or at the limitless riches in Christ? Believing I am infinitely loved by a limitless God changes how I live and look at circumstances. I am not the source of my supply. My hope is not in a job, diagnosis, relationship, bank account, or even in this life.
The angel didn’t tell a virgin to create a child. He told her what God would do. Where have you tried to accomplish what only God can do? Where have you put limits on what He can accomplish? God became man at Christmas so we would understand, nothing will be impossible with God.
Enjoy this familiar carol.
Deborah W. Wilson