Jesus’ Conception; December 10, 2022


Luke 1:36-37 “Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

Verse 36 isn’t underlined in my Bible, and I quite possibly have never written on it before. However, it strikes me that this was the perfect proof for Mary that Gabriel’s words were real. The NIV leaves it out, but the Japanese and other translations include the detail that Elizabeth’s child was a son – and this was millennia before ultrasound! I’m sure that it gave Mary great joy and assurance to be there when John was born, and was indeed a boy. Nothing could be more intimate to a woman than a pregnancy, nothing more meaningful. God used these two miraculous pregnancies to reinforce His message and encourage the women involved. To me this shows that God not only knows what we do, He knows the intimate details of our hearts, and not only knows, He cares. I say it frequently, but God is not mean; He doesn’t pick on us. He knows what we need to grow spiritually, and that is what is most important. Our physical circumstances are in a way almost incidental. God wants us to grow in our knowledge of and love for Him, so that we will be perfected as His children to do His will, for our mutual pleasure and enjoyment. Gabriel’s famous words that nothing is impossible with God apply to every detail of existence, and we need to rest in that assurance.

My wife and I have had three pregnancies, one of which ended in a miscarriage. We know what pregnancy is all about, and understand that even in its most common form it is miraculous that two cells could get together, share DNA, and grow to be a completely new human being. Modern biology can accept and explain Elizabeth’s pregnancy, because even a supposedly menopausal woman can have an oops! baby, but Mary’s is out of the park. Without male participation even parthenogenesis, as occasionally happens in some animals, will produce only females. The miracle of Jesus’ conception was in a sense absolute, totally unique from Creation to the end of the world, and clearly something that only God Himself could accomplish. I need to meditate on it more, to expand my faith that indeed, absolutely nothing is impossible with God. He has told me to rest, relax, and rejoice. I certainly need faith to do that, and meditating on Jesus’ conception can help with that.

Father, thank You for pointing this out to me just now. Help me indeed grasp the magnitude not only of Your omnipotence but also of Your intimate caring about us Your children. The past few months have been rough, with Cathy’s health issues, and those issues aren’t simply resolved. Help us both trust You more and more, regardless of whatever is going on at the moment, so that we may indeed rest, relax, and rejoice in You, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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