It began with a couple. Faithful. Steadfast. Loyal. Righteous couple. Their families for generations had served as priests, bringing the request of the people before the Lord. Yet their desire, their hope, their dream to procreate had not been fulfilled. Hope had been deferred. As months turned to years, years to decades, as her body experienced the changes of life, as hope dwindled, they resigned themselves to serving the Lord. All hope, all thoughts of parenting was gone. Elisabeth and Zachariah were childless. That had become their identity.
An angel appeared with a promise. It was not to late! Her body could be restored. Elizabeth and Zechariah would give birth. Their child would not be ordinary. He would be the greatest prophet ever. He would proceed the Messiah. He would change the world!
This is how the New Testament began. Fitting. Jesus came to restore hope. To make the impossible possible. To fulfill dreams and promises. To give us a new identity.
Last night I was ordained. I can’t tell you how many “impossibles” I have in my head. How many unfulfilled promises and deferred dreams. In so many ways, I feel like Elisabeth and Zechariah. But last night, words spoken over me caused the babies inside of me to leap. The impossible suddenly feel possible. Deferred dreams seem in reach.
This morning, I want to speak to all of the “Elisabeths and Zachariahs”. It’s not too late. You are not too old. God will fulfill His promises concerning you. Restoration, healing, is yours. Deferred dreams will come suddenly. Nothing is impossible for God. If a woman past child-bearing age can conceive, if a virgin can conceive, if God can take the form of man, defeat death and the grave, He can surely fulfill His promises toward you. Keep hoping. Keep believing. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD!
““And look, your relative Elizabeth has also become pregnant with a son in her old age – although she was called barren, she is now in her sixth month! For nothing will be impossible with God.””
Luke 1:36-37 NET