Sunday Sermon at Forsythe

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Nothing Is Impossible With God     Luke 1:26-38

One of the words that can describe the circumstances surrounding the birth of Christ is ‘impossible’.  It does seem impossible.  The Bible records God working through impossible situations so many times – and often through babies.

1. The First Baby – a Baby of Revelation.  Have you ever thought about the first baby? We know that the conflict between Cain and Abel reached a terrible ending. But what about the beginning? The first woman having the first baby. No one to tell her what to expect. No mother of her own to have observed. Yet she was named ‘Eve’ – the mother of all living.

Genesis 4:1 Adam was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the Lord’s help.”

With the birth of the first Baby God demonstrated His intention for how humans would populate the earth. Even millennia later is there anything as wondrous as a newborn? The first baby was a baby of Revelation … revealing God’s ways for humans. There were other miracle babies.

2. Sarah’s Baby – a Baby of Waiting.  Sarah was 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac. For 90 years she waited, along with Abraham. Through many different experiences. Through seasons of life where hope dwindled. Through her own laughter at the impossible nature of it all.

Genesis 18:9-15 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.“There, in the tent,” he answered. The Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son!” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent behind him. Abraham and Sarah were old and getting on in years. Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 So she laughed to herself: “After I have become shriveled up and my lord is old, will I have delight?” But the Lord asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Can I really have a baby when I’m old?’ Is anything impossible for the Lord? At the appointed time I will come back to you, and in about a year she will have a son.” Sarah denied it. “I did not laugh,” she said, because she was afraid. But He replied, “No, you did laugh.”

Romans 4:20-21 He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

3. Hannah’s Baby … A Baby of Dedication.  Hannah wanted a baby so badly and every year at the temple she prayed for God to give her a child.

1 Samuel 1:10-11 “Deeply hurt, Hannah prayed to the Lord and wept with many tears. 11 Making a vow, she pleaded, “Lord of Hosts, if You will take notice of Your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give Your servant a son, I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut.

She prayed intensely, so much so that Eli thought she was intoxicated. She promised to dedicate her child to the Lord if she could only have a baby. Have you ever wanted something that badly? In his own way and time God did give Hannah a baby … Samuel.

1 Samuel 1:19-20 Then Elkanah was intimate with his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. After some time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, because she said, “I requested him from the Lord.”

Samuel means ‘requested from God’.  She dedicated Him to the Lord as promised. He became a great Prophet for God’s service.

4. Elizabeth’s Baby … a baby of Declaration.  Often overlooked, but Elizabeth was unable to have a child until the Lord intervened. Elizabeth’s husband, Zachariah, had trouble believing that God had really made this possible – so God closed his mouth until the baby was named. The cousin of Jesus lept in her womb when Mary came to visit. John the Baptist was a shocking and engaging figure in the New Testament. He came to declare the coming of the Messiah. He was the first prophet after 400 years of silence.

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is  the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

A baby of revelation … waiting … dedication … declaration … In their own way each one was a hint of the coming baby that would change the world. Jesus would be the Revelation of the Heavenly Father. He would be the Awaited Messianic Promise. He would be the Dedicated Servant of God’s Will. He would be Declaration of the greatest love ever shown.

 Luke 1:26-38

26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,

27 to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

28 And the angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.”

29 But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.

30 Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus.

32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.

34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?”

35 The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.

36 And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless.

37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”

38 “I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.

Gabriel said, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Genesis 18:14  Is anything impossible for the Lord? At the appointed time I will come back to you, and in about a year she will have a son.”

Jeremiah 32:27  “Look, I am Yahweh, the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Me?”

Today I want you to remember that no matter what you are facing in your life, nothing is impossible for God. There is no promise too hard for God to keep. There is no prayer too hard for God to answer. There is no problem too hard for God to solve.*

Read Together:

Ephesians 3:20-21  Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—  to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

*Those three points made in Adrian Rogers sermon located here.