When “Impossible” becomes “HIM-possible.”
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26).
There are many things that are simply impossible for us to do. With men it is impossible to:
1. Live without sinning. (Rom. 3:10; Ecc. 7:20)
2. Live absolutely righteous. (Rom. 3:10; Ps. 143:2).
3. Stay “up” all of the time. (2 Cor. 4:8; 7:6).
4. Always please/get along with everyone (Rom. 12:18; Gal. 1:10).
5. Keep people from talking bad about us. (Lk. 6:26)
6. Be perfect as God is perfect (Matt. 5:48).
7. Be right about everything (2 Pet. 2:1; Rom. 14-15).
8. Save ourselves by keeping law (Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:8-9).
But it is possible to be saved in spite of these weaknesses because Jesus is the great I AM” (Jn. 8:58). He turns “impossible” into “AM-possible.” The “impossible” becomes “Him…possible.” The things that are impossible for us to accomplish in our own lives…are made possible when Jesus comes into our lives. He makes it possible for us be saved without us having to do the “impossible.” Observe the following points.
It is impossible to live without sin…but His blood makes it possible for us to be continually cleansed from our sins (1 Jn. 1:7). It is impossible to live absolutely righteous…but He makes it possible for “His righteousness” to be imputed (counted) to us (2 Cor. 5:21). It is impossible to stay “up” all of the time…but He makes it possible to stay saved even when we are down (2 Cor. 4:8)–as well as comfort us during these down times (2 Cor. 7:6-7). It is impossible to always get along with others…but He makes it possible to please God without pleasing others (Lk. 17:1; Gal. 1:10). It is impossible to keep people from saying bad things about us…but He makes it possible to be blessed regardless of what said about us (Matt. 5:11-12). It is impossible to be “perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect”…but He makes it possible for every person to be “perfect in Christ Jesus” (Col. 1:28). It is impossible for any human being to be right about everything…but He makes it possible for us to be saved in spite of our ignorance and misunderstandings (1 Pet. 2:1; 1 Cor. 8:7). It is impossible for us to save ourselves by what we do…but He makes it possible for us to be saved by what He has done (Rom. 3:24-25; Eph. 2:8-9).
These things that are impossible with men…are possible with God through Christ. If the only reason Jesus died is to make it possible for “us” to live “righteously” by keeping His law… then He died in vain (Gal. 2:21).
“Who then can be saved?” the disciples asked (Matt. 19:25). Jesus answered, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).
He makes salvation possible. The angel said, “And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for HE WILL SAVE His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21).
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us,and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 LOOKING UNTO JESUS, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Looking to Jesus for salvation makes the “impossible” become “HIM-possible.”