The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Wonder of the Womb"
"A virgin shall conceive" (Isaiah 7:14).
Or… the living God will somehow unite with a human being to form One who somehow unites Heaven and earth, eternity and time, infinity and the finite.
"The power of the Highest shall overshadow thee" declared the angel Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:35). It did, and conceived in a virgin womb was not only a baby, but the very living God become human. The story may be so familiar to us that we almost gloss over it. We do well to not allow this to happen. Somehow, completely opposite realities met together in the miraculous conception, and then, in the even more miraculous Person.
"Great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifest in the flesh" (I Timothy 3:16).
One effectual way to keep ourselves immersed in the wonder of the Incarnation involves the truth that God continues to birth, as it were, wonders in the wombs of virgins. We mean this in terms of God revealing His Son where it seems He could not be. He specializes in impossibilities, that is, in circumstances, situations, conditions, and people wherein no hope seems to exist for His glory to be revealed. Consider the "virgin womb" of Saul of Tarsus. No first century figure more hated the Lord Jesus Christ or His people. In the wonder of God's grace, however, Christ was spiritually born in Saul, who became the first century figure most influential in the spread of the Gospel and the spiritual births of multitudes. The Apostle Paul gave His life for the One he had hated, and for the Lord's people. A virgin conceived, that is, a spirit seemingly beyond redemption became the very temple of the Spirit of God. "It pleased God… to reveal His Son in me" (Galatians 1:15-16).
The life of faith involves such awareness and confidence that the manger in Bethlehem served as the beginning of God revealing His Son in the most unlikely venues. We will find Him there, in places where it seems He could not be. Such understanding prepares us to better experience the wonder of the womb because we see how often God acts just as He did long. Yes, a virgin, who by all rights should not have been a mother at all, became the human parent of the Prince of peace. As the angel said unto her regarding such grace…
"For with God nothing shall be impossible."
Weekly Memory Verse
For with God nothing shall be impossible.
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