Thursday, October 11, 2018

Isaiah 35:5-6a Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.


There sure are a lot of inspirational quotes about accomplishing the impossible. Supposedly, Alexander the Great once said, "There is nothing impossible to him who will try." It's not true, of course. Some things are impossible. You could try your hardest to be Superman, but you're never going to be faster than a speeding bullet or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Some things are impossible. And that's okay.

In this sinful life, we could try our hardest to be sinless, but it wouldn't work. For us that's an impossible mission. But not for God. The greatest miracle, the greatest impossibility that became possible, was that God rescued lost sinners like us by sending his Son to pay for the world's sins with his innocent death and resurrection. Now that seemed like an impossible mission.

The most important quote about impossibilities comes from Luke 1:37, "With God nothing is impossible." Jesus proved that to be true. Isaiah gives us a list of impossible things-- the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, the lame leaping, and the mute singing-- which reminds us that with God nothing is impossible, not even the salvation of this lost world! When you think about these impossible miracles coming to fruition, who comes to mind? Jesus, of course.

It was Jesus who healed the blind, the deaf, the lame, and the mute. It was Jesus who opened people's eyes, so they could see their spiritual captivity and its solution. It was Jesus who opened our eyes to see the light of His forgiveness, the promise of Heaven, and peace with God. In the long-term these lines of God's Word speak about the joy and the transformation from sin and death to life and health and all that God has promised and has won for us through Jesus Christ. It is already ours. But it is like that inheritance which you own but cannot take possession of until the appointed hour. Lord, keep us steadfast until then!