This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

Matthew 1:18-19

It was a miraculous event. By a miracle we mean something that violates or interrupts natural physical laws. No scientist could observe or explain this. Mary was pregnant and it was through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit’s power is seen throughout scripture. It was in the beginning when all things came into existence. It helped heroes of the faith overcome huge obstacles and more importantly, its achievements were dramatic events that pointed back to God. When the Spirit moved, everyone knew it was the God of Israel.

Now we come to this moment in time where God would interrupt once again. He would fulfill the prophecies made so long ago and all the promises would finally be answered, “yes”. In one of the greatest mysteries of all time, God would be Immanuel, “with us”. 

Now we are reminded that through faith, every day is a day with access to this power. It will help us overcome obstacles, but also give us rest in the midst of them. It will produce for us every bit of goodness we failed to produce on our own. And it has sealed us for an everlasting glory that we begin to enjoy now until it comes again in the return of our Christ King. Its power in our life will be a constant dramatic event that points back to the power, promises and presence of God.

How does God give you the freedom to be hopeful?

Does hope always mean things will have to change?

Who do you know that needs prayer for hope?