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This past Sunday here at CCM we spent some significant time talking about the magnitude of the virgin birth. In fact we used a quote from Larry King, the talk show host from CNN, that said, “If I could interview anyone in history it would be Jesus Christ. I would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.” Honestly, he is right. That does define history for him…and for me…and for you. There are lots of things in scripture that we have to believe in order to claim faith in Christ. However, there are two things that if you don’t believe, you really cannot claim him as Lord.
The first is the fact that he is Creator. Not just that he took some things and put them together, but that he actually created something from nothing. The Hebrew word for create used in Genesis 1:1 is the word bara, which literally means to create something from nothing. I don’t know about you, but I cannot create something from nothing. I can make a chair with materials that are supplied and some tools and instructions, but I cannot say the word chair and a chair appears. Honestly, if I cannot get past the first verse of the Scriptures I am going to struggle with the rest of what it has to say because the rest of it is based off the premise that God has to be able to do more than I am capable of. If that is not the case then you and I become God…and let’s be honest, we are horrible gods.
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away all this artificial scaffolding…”
“Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog.”
“It was to a virgin woman that the birth of the Son of God was announced. It was to a fallen woman that His Resurrection was announced.”
-Fulton J. Sheen-
“With God our expectation should always be in the unexpected.”
Today we start our brand new series Hashtag Christmas.
I cannot even tell you how excited I am to start this season here at CCM.
Before you don your Christmas garb and head this way today, here are some thoughts to get you thinking about what we are talking about today.
“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” -Augustine-
“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!” -Benjamin Franklin-
“In order to receive the Christ this season, we have to prepare for the reception. Reception requires preparation.”
“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” -William Blake-
I have a simple question for you to ponder on this Friday afternoon. What is your greatest achievement? What mountain did you meet and a great thing happened as a result?
Maybe you are still in the middle of that thing.
Maybe it is right in front of you and you need to start climbing.
But go ahead…drop it in the comments section and let us know. Next week we start spurring those things forward.
I want you to hear this…I BELIEVE IN YOU!!! Stay the course and keep climbing.
CCM friends and family. Please take a couple moments and watch this short video below. There is some very important info I need you to know and would love for you to watch and pass this on. Thanks so much for being and an awesome church…I love you each so dearly. I could not imagine being the pastor of any other church in the world. I find great privilege and humility that I get to take this journey with each of you.