Homecoming: Really?! Really.December 19, 2021
A very human response to the Christmas story is…?! “How can I know this?”
The most incredible thing about the Christmas story is…it .
Many have undertaken to compile a narrative about the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed them down to us. 3…I have carefully investigated everything from the very first, to write to you in an orderly sequence…4 so that you may know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.
When we pray to God…He .
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard…”
How we live and what we live for…it .
“He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will…turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.”
When God says something…He it.
“How can I know this?” Zechariah asked the angel. “For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.”
The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and tell you this good news. 20 Now listen. You will become silent and unable to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
The birth of Jesus…was .
Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him 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.
When it comes to changing destinies…God can do the .
Luke 1:34-35, 37
Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations 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…37 for nothing will be impossible with God.”
Mary’s response should REALLY be ours: We should and the God of the impossible.
“See, I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.