Thursday, Dec. 22 – Mary

adventRead Luke 1:34-38

The birth of a child is a miraculous event! It’s amazing to see how a child comes into the world. The birth of some children is even more remarkable. Sarah was almost 90 years old when she was told by the angel that she would have a son. She laughed, thinking ‘that is so hard to believe!’ But the angel said to Abraham, “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son” (Genesis 18:14). Elderly Abraham and Sarah did have a son.

The birth of Isaac to Sarah was amazing, but it only foreshadowed a more amazing birth that would happen to Mary, as an angel came again to visit a woman. Mary’s problem was not age, although by our standards she was fairly young. The difficulty was not in being able to bear a child, rather how would she bear a child without knowing a man? It was 100 times more difficult for Mary than it was for Sarah, but nothing is too hard for the Lord. The Holy Spirit would cause it to happen.

The same power of the Holy Spirit causes new birth in your life and mine. We cannot cause spiritual life to begin in our lives. We are each dead in our sins. Birth only happens by the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit. It is just as miraculous of an event! God gives us new life in Christ, because of the birth of Christ by Mary. Nothing is impossible with God!

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