Dear Loved One,
Of all the happy greetings exchanged this time of year, the one most often repeated is undoubtedly the simple phrase, Merry Christmas. We hear it ringing out everywhere—amid smiles and hugs, on chilly street corners and over hot chocolate, between friends and family members, and sometimes even among total strangers whose hearts are overflowing with the joy of the season.
Merry Christmas. Trite and traditional as that good old expression may be, it really is delightfully perfect, isn’t it?
Yet as I write you today, I want to improve on it a bit. To say it in a way that over the years has given that dear familiar phrase a deeper and more life changing meaning to me. Instead of just encouraging you to be “merry,” I want with all my heart to wish you a Mary Christmas this year.
What exactly is a Mary Christmas?
It’s the kind of Christmas only God can give. The kind marked by the miraculous fulfillment His promise in your life.
In other words, it’s the kind of Christmas a young virgin named Mary experienced on a glorious night in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago.
“But Pastor Jack,” you might say, “How can I have a Christmas like Mary’s? She had a very special place in the plan of God. She was divinely chosen to give birth to Jesus—to bring into the world the life and the light of God’s Son!”
Yes, I know . . . that’s why you have so much in common with her.
As a born again believer, the life of God’s Son has been born in you too. You’ve been divinely chosen to reveal His light and His love to a sin-darkened world.
Just like Mary, you have a very special place in God’s plan! You’ve been created and called by God to fulfill a divine destiny. Truly, you are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that you may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand for you (Ephesians 2:10, AMP).
Granted, the angel Gabriel probably hasn’t appeared to you to deliver God’s Word and His promises like he did to Mary. But that’s all right. You still have them just as surely as she did. They’ve been written down for you right there in the Bible.
You also have the Holy Spirit living inside you to quicken God’s promises to you in a very personal way. And you have His mighty power(the same power that worked in Mary!) at work on your behalf to bring those promises to pass—to make them flesh, so to speak—in your life.
Well, then, you might wonder, what’s the problem? Why isn’t it happening to me more often?
Because you face some challenges. You’re like Mary in that way too.
What God had promised to do for her was humanly impossible. Her virgin womb still sealed and empty, she was like a barren field without seed. She had no ability in herself to conceive a child! The very thought defied logic. So, upon hearing the angel’s announcement, Mary asked a very reasonable question:
“How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God…For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:34-35, 37-38)
Loved one, this is what I mean when I say I wish you a Mary Christmas!
I mean, in this Christmas season and in the coming year, I’m praying you’ll experience the Mary miracle: That you’ll hear in a fresh way what God is saying to you about those places in your life that seem sealed and empty. That you’ll receive the seed of His promise in some barren situation where perhaps you’ve all but given up hope.
I’m praying you’ll say as Mary did, “Yes, Lord, I believe You. Be it unto me according to Your Word!”
Wouldn’t you love to have that kind of Christmas this year?
Wouldn’t you love for God’s power to overshadow you and meet your greatest need, solve your most insoluble problem, and bring forth a victory in some area of your life that in your own strength you’ve been utterly helpless to achieve?
It can happen. And, with all my heart, I want it to happen for you.
That’s why I’ve arranged to send you my album of five audio messages on CD, A New Time and a New Place, as my thank you gift for your generous support this month. I believe it will give you faith-inspiring insight into how God can bring fresh life and hope even in the midst of your greatest impossibilities, and how—right now, today—His almighty power can break through those impossibilities and create something new for you!
When you think about it, that’s really what God did for all of us when He sent Jesus to be born in a manger. It’s really what Christmas is all about.
Precious friend, thank you so much for your fellowship in the Gospel. All of us here at the ministry appreciate you and wish you and your family a truly Mary Christmas this year.
Rejoicing in the Lord,
P.S. One more reminder: Be sure to click here and find out how to receive your copy of my album of five audio messages on CD, A New Time and a New Place. It will fan the flames of your faith so you can believe God for the impossible. It will help you birth a new season into your life and open the door for His amazing promises to be fulfilled in you.