Christmas’ Most Critical Question

Luke 1: 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Christianity is under question.  In these last days society is anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-Bible and pro-sin.  The devil works to rob people of the real Christmas.  It’s unlawful to have manger scenes.  They don’t want us to say Merry Christmas.  People defy God at all ages, elementary age to older people.  People will believe anything but the real truth.  With all the questions of the wicked, pressure is put on us as Christians.  We begin to question.  Wonder why we have sickness and infirmities.  How will we make it?  We worry about being shot or blown up by a bomb.  From a secular point of view it looks like it will get worse.  However, there is an answer to the question.

Mary asked a critical question and the answer to it will answer any questions we have.  If you aren’t saved or are not where you should be, if you wonder how the Lord could save you or if he would take you back after you walked away, here is the how.  Joseph asked questions.  The wise men asked questions.  Zacharias asked.  His question was similar to Mary’s but from a different standpoint.  He doubted and was struck dumb until John’s birth.  Mary didn’t ask out of doubt.  God knew what she meant.  She was willing to do what was being told her; she just wanted to know how.  A virgin had never conceived before.

What questions are in your heart and soul?  Listen to the voice of God and he’ll give you the answer.  Mary wasn’t trying to ignore God.  She wasn’t implying doubt.  She didn’t ask why or if someone else could be picked instead of her.  We say “why me, God?”  Not Mary.

Mary was 13 or 14 years old.  She was betrothed—engaged—to Joseph.  She was a virgin and would be until the proper time for her and Joseph.  An angel came to a virgin—not a married woman—and said she would conceive and have a son.  Imagine the plans Joseph and Mary had made.  They loved God. They probably planned a family and had many dreams.  When the angel came with a message from God that she would have the son of God, Mary realized in a moment the future she envisioned had been changed.  They would have a different commission.  She would bring forth God’s son through a natural birth using her egg and the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.  The divine God would become small so that Joseph and Mary and everyone—including us—would have a Savior.

Being saved we have victory.  You all with cancer, there is victory over cancer.  There is victory over the paralysis, over my throat.  Be like Mary and ask how you want me to do and let Jesus do the rest.  Ask God how out of readiness to do it.  The devil may be in your face.  Life may be smacking you in the face.  Whatever you’re facing today, because of God, you can.  Remember that the angel told Mary the answer.  With God all things are possible.

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