Today’s Christmas word is MIRACLE. Christmas is filled with miracles: the virgin birth, the star that led the wise men, the angels who appeared to the shepherds, all of the prophecies that were fulfilled in Jesus’ birth, and of course, the incarnation — when God took on flesh and became one of us. Miracle after miracle. If there is one thing Christmas shows us, it’s that God is the God of miracles.
What is a miracle anyway? A miracle is when God steps into the impossible and makes it not just possible, but a reality. The Bible says, Nothing is impossible with God. That’s a Bible promise we all love to claim. But do you know the context of that promise? Do you remember who God gave that promise to? He gave it to Mary when he told her she was going to give birth to Jesus. God sent an angel to tell her a miracle was coming. Mary said, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered, “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. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” Mary replied, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:34-38).
God gave Mary a promise, and she believed him. Mary took God at his word, surrendered to his will, and by faith, stepped forward into a miracle. Faith is placed in a person, not an outcome. Faith is believing something is true because you believe someone is truthful. Faith is not rational, it’s relational. If faith were merely rational, then we would stop believing when things didn’t make sense. But that is when faith kicks in.