During The Perfect Gift series, I was honored that so many people have told me that God used the “Mighty God” message on Dec. 14 in their lives. It’s simple why it impacted you: when we lift Jesus up, everything else comes into perspective.
Since I preached it three times, the conclusion was a little different each time, but I tried to remember as much as I could from what I had written down. Some of you had asked for a copy of it, and so here is the transcript of the conclusion of my message from that day:
In the beginning was my God. There was nothing before Him, there will be nothing after Him. There is nothing like him. He created the world and everything in it. When he said let there be light, the light had no choice but to obey. He hadn’t even created a sun or a moon yet. No stars above, he just spoke light into its very existence. And that light traveled 670 million 616 thousand 629.2 miles per hours out of his mouth across an empty space for the sole purpose of illuminating my God.
My God created the heavens and the earth in seven days. All that we see and know, he made in seven days. Every year, the smartest scientists discover some new star or some new universe, and my God in heaven replies, “Are you just now getting to that one? You think that is impressive? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Keep on coming.” He created the sun, the moon, the stars, the galaxies, the skies, the trees, the ground, the animals, everything from top to bottom to east to west he made it just by the sound of his voice.
Among his creation, he spoke into existence a tiny planet called earth. This planet is peculiar. If Earth’s oxygen level was changed by only 4%, this planet would be set ablaze. If this planet’s atmosphere was less transparent, we would freeze.
My mighty God looks back at his creation and calls it good, but creation steps back and looks at my mighty God and calls him great. You know why? Because nothing is impossible for my God.
My God was able to breathe the breath of life into dust and make mankind. He created you. He created me. He didn’t create us because he was lonely or needy, he created us for the sake of his glory. We were made by him and we were made for him.
My God was able to redeem a people. He was able to rescue that people from the clutches of a mighty Pharaoh and drown his army under the waters of the Red Sea.
My God was able to take back over management in the Promised Land and give that land back to his children.
My God was able to take ordinary men and make them accomplish extraordinary things. He brought down walls with the sound of trumpets. He leveled armies with untrained soldiers. He brought down walls on top of his enemies. He brought low a giant through the hands of a small boy. He sent kings shaking to their knees with the wave of his hand. He brought down armies with the shout of his children. And he still brings low the mightiest in this world by the mere mentioning of his name. You know why? Because nothing is impossible for my God.
My God was able to take the voices of his prophets and bring the nations to their knees. He led the single prophet Elijah to defeat the 450 prophets of Baal in a holy battle of pyromania. He led the exiled prophet Daniel to call the most powerful king in the world groveling to his knees. He forced a giant fish to projectile vomit the prophet Jonah to speak an eight word message to a godless nation and sent them wailing to the ground in repentance. You know why? Because nothing is impossible for my God.
My God is unwavering. No matter the depth of our sin, he continued to love. No matter our treatment of each other, he continued to reach out. No matter the severity of our crimes, he provided a second chance. He came to us. Immanuel, God with us. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, dwelt among us, and we could never be the same.
He came to love the unlovable, reach the unreachable, and forgive the unforgivable.
He healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, and befriended the sinners. The mute could speak, the deaf could hear, the lame could walk, and now the blind can truly see.
And yes, my Jesus died. But nobody took advantage of him. He wasn’t forced on the cross. He made that cross. He volunteered for that cross. He came eagerly looking for that cross. And while he may have died upon that cross, he was never defeated upon that cross. Joy brought him there, and grace kept him there. He would not be remedially punished for our mistakes, he would willfully be viciously slaughtered for our sins. Not because any man or any governing authority put him there, but because he himself decided to go there.
But that wasn’t the end. While his enemies were rejoicing, the authorities celebrating, his followers regrouping, his disciples doubting, and those women were crying, my God was busy rising. No cross could defeat him. No government pacify him. No demonic force control him. No sin keep him. No grave contain him. No death restrain him. He got up.
He had no predecessor. He will have no successor. He is the Alpha. The Omega. Beginning and last, future and past, there has never been a moment when he was not, and there will never be a moment that he will not be.
My God still reigns supreme. No matter who is president or president-elect, he is still the Lord of lords and the King of kings. No Supreme court governs him. No senate or house revokes him. No cabinet advises him. No secret service guards him. No lobbyist sways him. He does what he says, and he says what he wills, and he wills what he wants. You know why? Because nothing is impossible for my God.
My God cannot be stopped. Nations try to restrict him. Kings try to avoid him. Dictators try to sway him. Governments try to ignore him. But he cannot be contained, maintained, or restrained. No power can keep his influence out. No opposition can keep his message quiet, and no authority can keep a handle upon him. The more they try to restrict this King, the more they see his Kingdom coming. The more they try to threaten his children, the more they see his love expanding. The more they try to keep him out, the more and more and more and more he comes. And he is not through in this world yet. You know why? Because nothing is impossible for my God.
My God is sufficient. He doesn’t need a handout or a bailout. He is not short on resources or manpower.
My God is all wise. Diseases in which doctors have closed the book, my God writes a new chapter. Marriages in which counselors have to refer, my God rises them from the ashes. Homes which are broken, he restores. Those deep in need, he provides all the more. Broken, weary, depressed, and confused, my God is able to bring life anew.
Some requests that we make of him, he may not answer the way we would have prescribed. We might have desired certain situations in our brief time on earth to end differently than which they ended. But my God says it ain’t over till he says its over. This ain’t the end. Even when our time is out, our God isn’t through.
He is mighty, magnificent, and majestic. Omniscient and omnipresent. Immanent and transcendent. Immutable, irrefutable, unstoppable, unforgettable. Good, just, right, and holy, powerful, supreme, my one and only.
He can do anything.
Angels fall on their faces. Demons fall to their knees. And one day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. He’s not through with me, and I can’t get over him.
When he comes back, he ain’t coming to take sides, he’s coming to take over. With a mighty shout, in a split second, all that has been said and done will finally be said and done when my Jesus says to me, “come on home.”
And no matter what chapter you are reading right now, I have read the end of the book, and guess what? We win. No more tears, no more pain, no more death, no more sin, only Jesus, Jesus, and some more Jesus. We win. We win. We win. You know why? Because nothing is impossible for my God. That’s the mighty God that I serve. Is that the God that you serve?