The Impossible

20 07 2012

“The Christian life begins as a community that is gathered at the place of impossibility, the tomb.” – Eugene Peterson

The impossible is the beginning. We stand at an empty tomb staring at the unimaginable. Jesus is alive. There is no explanation, no rationalization, no quirk of science that can walk around the truth that God has come down and done the impossible.

And that is just the start.

The impossible is God’s specialty. He takes what is dead and makes it pulse with life. He reshapes what is broken, mends what is torn, fixes shattered dreams, and infuses hope into despair. He takes shame, washes it clean, and replaces it with holiness. He casts away our sin-soaked natures, giving us new starts and fresh beginnings. Darkness becomes light. Foreigner becomes family. Runaway becomes redeemed.

As a Christian, you are a living, breathing miracle. Look at the impossibles that God has already worked in you. Sin gone. Grace covered. Death conquered. Life abundant. Name changed. Identity redefined. Eyes opened. Transformation underway. Story rewritten. Happy ending.

And that is just the start.

What “impossible” are you facing today? When we stand at the empty tomb, impossible is redefined. Relationships can be healed. Bad habits can be conquered. Debts can be paid. Guilt can be transformed. Sin can be destroyed. Joy is within reach. Peace is available right now.

My Jesus Resolution today is to write Matthew 19:26 in bold letters across my heart. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” The answer isn’t in my ability, my cleverness, my strength, or my hard work. The answer to my impossible is in God’s possibles. The solution isn’t in I am, but in He is. And when my impossible looks overwhelming, I will go back to the tomb, look deep inside, smile at its emptiness, and remember that with God impossible is just a place to start.



2 responses

20 07 2012

I can not shout an AMEN of agreement loud enough, and will be singing it my heart all day! My ‘impossible’ of the moment is the heart-softening of my husband’s precious soul for Jesus and our Father. 26 years, and I’m still praying that this wonderful husband and father’s heart will humble itself to God.

21 07 2012
Helene Smith

I have to agree wholeheartedly. The truth of Jesus’s resurrection and the fact that we are resurrected in baptism and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit in promise of our own resurrection body is the absolute foundation of our Christian faith. And if we can believe that terribly unlikely thing, that the dead come back to life, then surely nothing else God intends is impossible!

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