by: Rich Vaughan
In 1974, in the final basketball game of the regular season, and long before there was a 3 point shot in basketball (1987), UNC trailed Duke by 8 points with only 17 seconds left in the game. It seemed impossible that UNC could win and yet they scored 8 points in those 17 seconds and won in overtime. It is still considered one of the most impossible comebacks in college basketball, especially when there was no 3 point shot. But impossible things happen. Mankind learned to fly, and dive deep into the depths of the ocean. We have put men on the moon. Apollo 13 was a true moment of “nothing’s impossible”. After their oxygen canister blew the second day into their mission to the moon, it looked for the first time that we would have 3 astronauts die in outer space. That canister controlled not only the crew’s oxygen but also the fuel cells that powered the spacecraft. The fact that the 3 astronauts survived in a Lunar Module that was not designed to live in for all those days, in 38 degree temperatures and returned safely to earth was amazing and a miracle.
There are at least 8 verses in the Bible that say nothing is impossible with God and at least 15 that clearly refer to the same concept. In this Advent/Christmas season it would be well for us to remember that those words and theology are part of the Christmas story. In the Gospel of Luke, right after Gabriel appears to Mary to share with her the news that she will bear God’s son he also informs her that her cousin Elizabeth who has been barren all her life is now in her 6 month of pregnancy with a son (John the Baptist). Mary has already asked Gabriel how could she be pregnant since she is a virgin, and now Gabriel has also share the amazing news about Elizabeth. His next statement to Mary sums it all up, “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). I think in our world of apathy, chaos, uncertainly and unsettledness, we sometimes forget that simple verse. How could a virgin have a baby? How could an old woman, childless her whole life suddenly conceive? How could a star appear over a stable? How could angels appear and sing the First Christmas Carol? Because nothing is impossible for God. The Creator of the universe, the God of Abraham, Moses, and the Prophets has shown time and time again, that “nothing’s impossible” (think Exodus, Jericho, Christmas, Easter, etc.).
You think you cannot be forgiven, that you are not loveable? The Lord disagrees. Nothing is impossible including Grace, total love, miracles, eternal life and the even the story and wonder of Christmas. Rejoice my family, friends, and flocks, as we continue through this crazy year and wonder what 2021 holds, remember who holds us and it in His hands and relax, because as Gabriel reminds us, “Nothing is impossible WITH God!” Amen & Amen.