E100: 052 | WITH God

"In our passage today, Luke Chapter 1 versus 1 – 80 we read how the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. Gabriel announced to Mary that she had been chosen by God to miraculously conceive a child. That child was to be given the name Jesus. Jesus would receive an everlasting kingdom from his heavenly Father over which he would rule forever." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Luke 1:1-1:80 | (ESV)

The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. ...For nothing is impossible with God."
Sometimes I find it encouraging to dwell on a verse and really think about the actual words used. Sometimes it can be interesting and informative to think of other ways the sentence could be formulated. Here, the question came to my mind why doesn't this sentence read "For God nothing is impossible." Certainly that is true. God has no limitations and as Creator of everything he could make anything happen. Perhaps there is more here than just that fact. Yes nothing is impossible "for God", but also, as it is written here, nothing is impossible "with God". "With God" includes us. God will include us in the unbelievable things he will do. We also know from the Word that "God is with us."
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us"). (Matthew 1:22-23)
I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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