Church leaders who make a difference are people who believe in miracles. Have you ever wondered how, as a fully human boy, Jesus came to believe miracles were a real possibility? The Christmas story gives a hint that his mother Mary might have played a significant role in her son’s deeply held belief that “With God, nothing is impossible.”
Mothers enjoy telling and retelling all the details surrounding their children’s births. Things like: all the details of the complications, how easy the delivery was, where they were living, how far away the hospital was, and what the father said when he first learned he was going to be a dad.” Mary was probably no different and when young Jesus was old enough to wonder about his birth, and asked, “So, mom, where did I come from?” Mary then told her young son about his very special birth and how the angel came to her before she was married and told her that she was going to have a baby. And Mary went on with the story:
“I asked the angel how that could happen. Your father and I weren’t married. The angel got the message — there was no way I could believe such a miracle was possible, none!
And then the angel told me something I would never, ever forget, “Mary, the Holy Spirit will come upon you. Nothing is impossible with God” and to prove what I am saying is true, your cousin Elizabeth, even though she is old and has never been able to have children, she is going to have a baby. In fact she is now six months pregnant. And that’s how your cousin, John, came to be born.”
I have an idea that Jesus often asked Mary, “Tell me that story again about how I was born.” And so Mary did.
Fast forward thirty years, and Jesus is having a conversation with the rich young ruler and goes on to tell him, “with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
I wonder where Jesus, the grown man, got those words. Could it have been from his mother telling him about the miracle of His birth?” Maybe so.
Many church leaders feel like their church needs a miracle. If that is the situation in your church let me bring you “tidings of great joy.” The miracle for which you are praying comes when “the Holy Spirit comes upon you. For nothing is impossible with God.” My friend, don’t lose heart. Many churches are finding new life. Miracles are possible. If we can help, let us know.