But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV
I love the way John Piper, in a sermon “But God,” ties this passages from Ephesians with a passage in Luke that we will read this week:
O that men would reckon with God when their plight is hopeless! You say, I am dead. No hope. No hope. You say, I am captive. No hope. No hope. You say I am hell-bent and doomed. No hope for me. No hope. Well, read on! BUT GOD! BUT GOD! Yes, dead. Yes, captive. Yes, doomed. BUT GOD!
Isn’t one of the greatest truths of Christmas the word of the angel to Mary?
“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no husband?”
“How can I have a baby? I have no husband. I’m a virgin.” That’s right Mary, you can’t. But now learn the most important lesson in the universe: reckon with the reality of God! A virgin can’t produce a baby. BUT GOD can!