Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 12th, 2018
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Luke 1:35 (NIV)
The Son of God
The messenger angel did not rebuke Mary for asking “How?” The answer was that the supernatural power of the Most High God would bring about the birth of the Son of God. The Lord is very understanding when we ask “how” will His plans be fulfilled in our lives. We must always remember that God’s work always involves the supernatural.
Rahim Mirza wasn’t the first Manitoba athlete to represent Canada at an international competition, but he might be one of the first to do so alongside his mother. Rahim, 20, and his mother Sofia Mirza, 47, traveled to Panama City this past August for the 13th International Shotokan Karate Federation Pan-American Championships. It is the first time the International Shotokan Karate Federation of Canada has selected Manitobans to be on the team in five years. Fellow Winnipegger Ryan Porath joined the mother-son duo for the competition.
There is much mystery about the Christmas story – and about Jesus in the greater sense. One of the deepest mysteries is that He is both fully human and fully divine. I call it the mathematics of the Kingdom of God – 100% human plus 100% divine equals 100%. There are many in this world that wrestle with how God, who is completely Spirit, can conceive a Son who is 100% human. This is the mystery – and it is the heart of the incarnation. Luke 1:35 quotes the angel speaking to Mary, the mother of Jesus: “The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” This is both a divine mystery and an absolute necessity if Jesus is to be my Saviour – and yours. God’s desire since the creation of Adam and Eve has been to commune with us. Sin destroyed that community. Jesus would restore it. God came, in the form of a human baby, to redeem us by His death. This is the greatest mystery.
These have been words from the heart.