Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Today’s Reading: Luke 1:26-38

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

When reading the story of the visit by the angel Gabriel to Mary, it is easy to focus on the angel, or on Mary and what they talked about in that visit.

But buried in the postscript of the story – that Mary’s relative, Elizabeth, was also pregnant – are these words, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Back at the beginning of time, everything was perfect. Then Eve and Adam rejected God’s command. They gave in to the temptation to be like God. They ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; sin and death came into the world. All through the Old Testament we are reminded of God’s promise to restore the brokenness made by Adam and Eve. Now, the Redeemer for that first sin, and all sin, was about to arrive.

Mary received the words that she is to be the mother of Jesus. She recognized her assignment as God’s plan to rescue the fallen world. The baby conceived in her womb is true God and true man. He would obey the commands of His Father then sacrifice himself for all of mankind. By His death and resurrection all sin is forgiven.

No matter what troubles you today God has resolved it. “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Prayer: Savior of the nations, come, Virgin’s Son, make here Your home! Marvel now, O heav’n and earth, That the Lord chose such a birth. (Savior of the Nations, Come, LSB 332:1).

This devotion was written by Reverend Merle Warnsholz, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA.

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