Fresh Hope – Day 342

TODAY in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2 v 11)

Happy Christmas!

Take a moment to think and to thank today.

Think about the fact that no human birth could have born a saviour to us. That would be no different to you or I standing up today at the Christmas lunch table, stating that God had made us the saviour of the world. It is simply something we cannot do, as we too are in need of a saviour – a drowning man cannot save another drowning man.

God had a special plan. He would choose an ordinary woman and do something extraordinary through her.

The Virgin birth is central to the Christmas message, not because it makes a nice scene in a nativity play, but because it was the only way God could send His son into the world.

Jesus had to arrive a different way, a way in which He would not just be another human being unable to save anyone, but someone that bypassed the sinful bloodline that each one of us carries since the fall of mankind.

Jesus, born of a virgin, was not the product of an earthly father, but of God, His Heavenly Father.

…Luke 1:34-35 ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on 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.

Jesus was no ordinary man, prophet, god or a deluded person believing himself to be a saviour; He was born in such a way that excluded him from being born in sin, whilst at the same time including him in the human race in order to come down to our level.

You may well ask: how on earth could that ever happen?

That’s exactly the question that Mary asked…

‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ (Luke 1 v 34)

The answer came back…’for nothing is impossible with God’. (Luke 1 v 37)

As we think and thank on this Christmas Day, let’s never lose sight of the awe and wonder of the Virgin birth – it’s the only way our Saviour could have arrived.

…and remember, whatever impossibilities you may be facing today, with God, all things are possible

Have a wonderful ‘Saviours’ day.

Pastor Mark

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