The Characters of Christmas (Part One: Mary and Joseph)

Text: Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

To accomplish this master plan of God - bringing salvation into the world - God used ordinary people. God always uses ordinary people to accomplish His will.

First, He chose Mary to be the mother of the Christ Child. She was probably only a teenager. She wasn't of royal birth. She had chores to do, a wedding to plan. In the midst of her routine and "normal-ness", a single, supernatural moment changed her whole world.

God's angel, Gabriel, appears to her and says, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will bring forth a child - the Child of the Most High God."

God takes the ordinary - normal - and does big things. You may feel normal - too normal for a big plan. You may feel inadequate - too inadequate for an impact. You may have it all planned out. But God may be getting ready to rock your world, blow your mind, shake up your plan, and do something really good and big and bold and miraculous with your life!

Mary said to the angel, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true" (Luke 1:38). Are you willing to say the same to God?

And then there's Joseph. A carpenter, skilled, hard worker, common, ordinary. After 4 supernatural dreams, he's asked to stretch beyond belief, asked to:

1. Believe the unbelievable.

2. Defend the indefensible.

3. Embrace the incredible.