God and His Miracles – No Word From God Will Ever Fail

I begin this message with a huge THANK YOU!!!  Thank you for the wonderful and sweet words that so many of you sent for my birthday. I turned 84 on the 16th of this month and had one of the MOST FUN BIRTHDAYS EVER! I say THANK YOU to our Lord God of Love for what He did, bringing me all the way to this point, and to my daughter, Tamara, who put it all together and, as usual, did an amazing job. The house was decorated like you cannot imagine, our family dinner was wonderful, and the precious time interacting with and or simply hearing from friends was incredible! I am still getting “Happy Birthday” wishes even as of last night. It was one I shall TREASURE as long as I am given to live.  As I have told you, I am taking life one day at a time now and that is sincere but, as I said, I am SO HAPPY and SO THANKFUL to Tam and each of you for making my day SO SPECIAL.

❤️🙏🎉 Again, THANK YOU… I mean it from the bottom of my heart.🙏❤️🌟

Returning to the Book of Luke, last week we covered Luke starting his book with fascinating detail on the background of the parents of John the Baptist, Zechariah the priest and his wife of many years, Elizabeth. They had no children, were too old to have any by mortal standards and, yet, God had ordained that they would be the vessels for this human being who would serve a great role in Jesus’ journey to arrive and so it was. We saw God’s undeniable purpose in action.

Luke’s narration moves immediately then to Elizabeth’s cousin, Mary, and shows us how related events, God’s unfolding plan, are happening simultaneously. 

Beginning in Verse 1:26, he writes:

“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.” 

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the one to be born will be called “The Son of God.” Even Elizabeth, your relative, is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”  

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:26-38)

The Virgin Birth is so important to the Christian faith. That may be the hardest concept to swallow as we navigate our faith. But consider this… Study notes in The Word explain that Jesus was born without the sin that entered the world through Adam. He was born holy, just as Adam was created sinless. In contrast to Adam, who disobeyed God, Jesus obeyed God and was thus able to face sin’s consequences in our place and make us acceptable to God. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, had to be free from the sinful nature passed on to all other human beings by Adam. Because Jesus was born of a woman, He was a human being; but, as the Son of God, Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. 

A point to always fully remember – Jesus is both fully human and fully divine. It is what sets Him apart. Because Jesus lived as a man, human beings know that He fully understands their experiences and struggles. Because He is also God, He has the power and authority to deliver people from the consequences of sin – their own and that of others. We can tell Jesus all our thoughts, feelings, and needs. He has been where we are and has the ability to help. May we receive this wonderful message.

May each of us be open to the miracles surrounding God coming to live among us in the form of Jesus.🙏

Let us lift up all the people trapped in wars throughout the world right now. Let us pray for containment and resolution. I do not understand why all this continues but pray that it stops.🙏 

Love to each of you.❤️

Poppa B.