Day 1: Believing the Gift of Jesus
The Story of Jesus starts with a woman named Mary. Mary was a virgin and was pledged to be married to man named Joseph. It seems Mary had a typical life, but that soon would all change.
Check out the story here: Luke 1:26-38
One day and angel named Gabriel appeared to Mary. “Greetings!” he said, “you are highly favored! The Lord is with you!” Mary was frightened at first, but the angel spoke “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High (referring to God).” Not surprisingly, Mary answered “How will this be since I am a virgin?” Gabriel (the angel) responded “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High (God) will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God (that’s Jesus)…For nothing is impossible with God.” And Mary boldly responded “I am the Lord’s servant…May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1: 26-38)
WOW! What an introduction! Jesus was finally going to make his appearance on Earth and a young woman named Mary was going to give birth to him. Can you think of what was going through Mary’s head? An angel just appeared, told you that you will give birth to the Son of God and God was going to bring him into the world through a miracle that no one has ever heard of before, a virgin birth. Your mind should have exploded by now. What a miraculous God we have!
From this scripture, here is one of the points I want you guys to takeaway. Do you think Mary understood how God was going to impregnate her without a man? Did Mary even ask God on how he was even going to do it? Lets look at Mary’s response. “May it be to me as you have said.” May didn’t seek to understand how God was going to impregnate her. She just believed what God said he was going to do. Guys, we serve a God who is to be believed, not always understood. If we could always understand how things would happen then we wouldn’t have miracles.
This is the application for you guys, when it comes to God’s word or his promises our first response should be to believe what he says. If he says you are loved then you better believe you are loved. If he says that no harm will come to you, then there is no doubt that no harm will come to you. Every time you try to understand God before you believe him, you minimize who he really is. I have heard people say that they don’t understand the Bible, well great, the Bible wasn’t meant to be understood first, it was meant to be believed first.
What do you need to believe right now that God is speaking to you through his Word (the Bible)? What are you trying to understand without believing first?
Go to DAY 2: Celebrate the Gift of Jesus here.