When you read from your bible, how do you understand or accept what you are reading? Do you read scripture as you do the morning newspaper? Your newspaper is full of happenings written by several reporters on things that have been reported to them. Articles written in such a way that you can assume they are essentially true about the events that have happened, or are going to happen. Or perhaps you read the bible like it is just written like any other novel you got out of the public library?
What I’m getting at, do you read your bible as the Holy Book reporting for the most part impossible happenings? The bible certainly isn’t a letter sent to you from a friend or a family member. When I read the bible, or as you read your bible, we read the bible believing it has been blest with guidance and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Inspired by The Holy Spirit is as if it were by God Himself.
Luke has just written what has become known as the immaculate birth. What a beginning to his gospel. Beginning with the twenty-sixth verse, we read that a young girl named Mary was to give birth to a baby boy and she was to name him Jesus. The footnote in my bible states this is the Greek word for the Hebrew name Joshua, meaning “God has saved.” Luke writes that Mary thought this is impossible! This can’t be true, wake me up, I must be dreaming! I am a young girl and I am not married nor have I had any relationships with a man!
Then Luke writes , don’t worry Mary “for nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37.
O Father God, may we always believe and live by the faith that Mary had, that nothing is impossible with God’s Spirit alive in us. In Christ’s Holy Name we pray, all things are possible. Amen.