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Walk with Jesus. Run in faith.

Start with knowing that you are all loved and blessed. Here is Day 19 of our 40-Day walk with Jesus.

Look at that! The book of Luke! (Say that ten times, fast.)

Thought of as the most universal of all the Gospels, the book of Luke is actually addressed to Theophilus. We're not sure who this person is. Who is the honourable Theophilus?

Anyhow, in this Gospel, Luke makes it very clear that Jesus came to seek and save me (and you, and everyone). Doesn't matter where I'm from, who I am, or what I've done. Jesus is my Saviour.

Ready? Let's jump in.
Luke chapters 1 and 2

Today’s theme: Mission Impossible

Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” (Luke 1.18) – This is Zechariah asking how it could be that they would have a child. They were old. Too far into life for this plan to be realised, it seemed.

Don’t we ask this question, just like Zechariah? How can I be sure? On top of that: look at my circumstances! How in the world could this really happen? Don’t you think it’s too late for this fanciful plan, Lord?

But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. (Luke 1.20) – Angel Gabriel here speaking of Zechariah’s doubt.

Viewing God’s moving in our lives with doubt, casts a restraint on our living. We hold back the possibilities and the potential that God’s plan brings. Since we push back on that God-hope, we end up working so hard to conjure up a reality that could be closer to our version of possible.

Tiring? That’s for sure!

I think this is the reason that we often talk of exhaustion rather than speak of God’s goodness.

Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” (Luke 1.34)

The question is very similar to Zechariah’s. But the few words omitted from Mary’s question makes all the difference. We can glean from Mary’s query a faith in the possibility of what she’s been told. She didn’t retort with: Are you for realsies Gabe? She just wasn’t sure of the logistics (how can it be as she’s a virgin).

Gabriel gives Mary an other-worldly explanation (Luke 1.35-37). To which she responds: I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true. (Luke 1.38)

However improbable or implausible the scenario, both children (John the Baptist and Jesus) were born. Just as the angel described.

This is a good time for us to remember: God’s words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time (Luke 1.20). The Lord is kind to us; He does not leave us in despair (Luke 1.25). His plans are sure–surer than anything–for the word of God will never fail (Luke 1.37).

When our lives acknowledge the Lord. When we learn: whatever You say goes, Lord. When we embrace Him who already hold us; it’s just like embracing the impossible.