Luke 1:30-38, “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”
We are fast approaching a wonderful time of the year we call Christmas. Our family is busy packing, wrapping, and preparing for the special days ahead. We have already enjoyed some wonderful fellowship with our staff and dear friends of the ministry. If you ask any of the Burks household, we would tell you we are not looking forward to the one-thousand mile drive to Virginia to visit family, but we do have great expectations of what will take place when we get there!
The ministry that God has called us to often reminds us that everyone does not experience Christmas like the Burks family has for many years. Christmas can bring feelings of discouragement, depression, anger, and hurt. For some the sight of happy children is only a reminder of a barren womb. The sight of families being together is only a reinforcement of the pain of their families being pulled apart.
How thankful I am that the word of God makes it extremely clear that Jesus Christ came for everyone. He is not a respecter of persons. In our text God chose a simple lady named Mary through whom His child would be born. When the Angel came to announce that she would bear a Son, and He would be conceived inside of her, he proceeded with the words, “fear not”. No doubt Mary could have “spun and run” but she didn’t. Instead verse 38 tells us that Mary responded by saying “behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Whether you are preparing and enjoying this season, or experiencing altogether different feelings due to extenuating circumstances in your life, I want you to know that for both the Answer is closer than you could ever imagine.
If you remember the Christmas story, Mary was busy preparing to travel a long distance for taxation purposes. Mary responded in faith to the words given to her from the Lord. Colossians 1:27 remind us of the truth of “Christ in you the hope of glory.” Bro. Curington always taught us to take note of the precious promises prepositioned “in”. He used to remind us that it meant to be surrounded by the limits of. God gives you the same offer he gave Mary: the supernatural deposit of His Son in your life.
The promise of Jesus the Messiah coming was the hope that he would do in us what we cannot do for ourselves. He was a “fetus” in Mary, and a force in you. The same hand that pushed the rock from the tomb can shove away your discouragement. The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ, can stir your failing faith. The same strength that puts Satan on his heels in Colossians 2:16 will defeat Satan’s power in your life. Can you imagine what it was like to have the Maker of the universe inside of you moving, elbowing, and wiggling around? If you are truly a child of God, this is not something that you can imagine…but it is a reality in your life – Christ in you.
During this Christmas season and all throughout the next year may our response be to Colossians 1:27, “Behold, all that I have and am is yours Lord, be it unto me according to thy Word.”
From the Burks’ family to yours…have yourself a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!