This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday evening, December 02, 2007, and was taken from Luke 1:26-38.
There are many things about our faith that are mysterious. We simply cannot wrap our tiny little minds around them. So it is with the virgin birth. It would not be surprising as a tabloid headline, but in the world of reality, first century or twenty-first century, the virgin birth was and still is a startling thing, to say the least.
In this passage we discover a marvelous fact: God’s grace exceeds our wildest imagination.
- The grace of God reaches the most unlikely people in the most unlikely places. If you are a likely recipient, then it’s not grace.
- The grace of God accomplishes the most extraordinary things.
- The grace of God provides a most unbelievable peace. Look at Mary’s response: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Ponder what the rest of Mary’s life must have been like, and ponder Simeon’s prophecy of pain she would bear at Jesus’ crucifixion.
For us, then the grace of God is extended freely. Repent, believe, and follow.