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Viewpoint vs View by Pastor Youngjae Jee

posted Jan 5, 2016, 5:47 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jan 25, 2016, 12:20 PM ]
        Two people are arguing with each other.  One says it is 6 and another says it is 9.   Who is right?  There is no right or wrong answer but only a difference. What makes their difference is where they stand.  Where they stand determines how they look at the figure on the bottom and finally what it is to them.  Either side may be right if you see it in an appropriate point of view.  However, if you don’t recognize the other point of view you may not be able to see or accept what is seen from the other side. 

One day Mary had an unexpected visitor.  It was the angel Gabriel sent by God.  She was told that she would be with a child and give birth to a son. (Luke 1:31)  In her point of view that didn’t make sense.  So she asked the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin.” (Luke 1:34)  The angel said, “Nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)  From God’s point of view, nothing is impossible.  From Mary’s point of view, it is impossible for her to have a baby since she was a virgin.  Who is right?  I think both are right.  God knows her point of view but revealed His point of view to her to receive.  Had Mary refused to take God’s point of view she would have not gone through what she had gone through.  The choice was before her.  Finally, she said, “I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) 

Was Mary a perfect person who knows about everything God sees?  No, she was not.  Did Mary know everything she had to go through in the future?  No she did not.  Did Mary know everything that the baby Jesus would bring to the world? 

No, she did not.  She was not confident about her future.  She did not know how Joseph would react to this unbelievable plan of God.  She must have been surrounded in a great fear of being stoned by the society. 

However, despite all of uncertain circumstances, she decided to take the God’s point of view.  Nothing is impossible with God.  The consequence of that decision was that she was blessed to be the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ and all generations have remembered that. (Luke 1:48)  “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

When you wake up in the morning in 2016, you may find nothing much would change, but that may be because you always stay at the same position.  If you would move to where God stands, you may obtain a totally different view and if you would follow God’s point of view, then you may be blessed in a way you never possibly imagined before. 

I have not seen an angel as Mary did, but I know that God revealed His thought in His word and it is available for all of us to read.  May you find out His point of view on your life and the world by reading the bible!  “Blessed are you who have believed that what the Lord has said to you will be accomplished.”(Luke 1:45)  Amen.