Jesus stood up to impossibility. Like the brave kid on the playground who finally tells the bully to knock it off, Jesus walked right up to impossibilities and punched them on the chin. And people were free.
This is so important. When we believe something good, pure, or right is impossible for us, we stop looking for it, latch the windows, and settle for less. It’s a form of despair. And that’s when we’re more prone to grasp at whatever pleasures we can find.
Coming from my perspective at Regeneration, I’m particularly tuned into the many ways “impossibility” (and therefore despair) is embedded in every day messages about relationships and sexuality.
In a situation like that, how could anyone expect a man to say no?
I’ll never be able to forgive him.
We just fell out of love.
You were born that way, all you can do is embrace it.
Keeping this baby would ruin the rest of her life.
Do you hear the message of impossibility in these?
Yes, there are things in life that feel unlikely, things that few have seen and even fewer have experienced. But there’s a night and day difference between impossible and difficult, between impossible and not yet.
Impossibility is a bully. It’s high time we stood up to it, especially those of us who claim as Lord the crucified one who came to life again.
I’d love to hear from you. What helps you carry on in the face of “impossibility”? Where have you stood up to “impossibility” and are glad you did? Any places in your life you’re trying to do that right now?