December 24, 2015 – Thursday
Luke 1:34-35(b) (NKJV) The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
Last year at this time, I was driving with a colleague when Christmas music began playing on the radio. Out of the blue my colleague exploded, “Why can’t you Christians understand basic biology? A virgin can’t conceive!” The Spirit came over me and, frankly, I was surprised by my instant reply. “It’s because we believe in a God without limitation – One who has the power to speak the universe into existence. One who created the laws of physics and biology. One who chose to be born of a virgin so He could be fully God and fully human.” I continued: “God loves you so much, He chose to experience life like you live — with all its joys, heartaches, and pain –so He could die for your sins while truly knowing you.
My colleague fell silent.
It’s easy to focus on human limitations and fall prey to a misapplication of science. It’s easy to miss the real miracle — a God without limitation. After all, He chose something foolish in the eyes of the world — being born of a virgin — to confound the wise. He chose to do so because He is Almighty God, and scientists should understand His empiricism.
So this Christmas, I choose to remember what my colleague missed. The real miracle is not just His birth – it’s not just His birth to a virgin. The real miracle is His proving to world, once and for all, He really is a God without limitation.
And if He has no limitation, then neither do you – if you chose to be a Christian public servant.
Merry Christmas to all of His public servants!
Dear Lord God, thank You for being without limitation. Thank You for loving even me — so much that You came down to Earth that first Christmas to save me. Help me remember the choice You made for me, and help me reflect Your choice as I love others — in my work and in my workplace ministry serving You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Beppu, Oita JAPAN