The Possibility of Knowing Christ

Stan Mast

READ : Luke 1:26-38

Nothing will be impossible with God. (v. 37)

Some readers might be skeptical about knowing Christ better because of their faith in the scientific method, which says that you can only know what you can test. Since you can’t test an unseen Christ, you can’t really know him. Testing is the only way of knowing.

Is that true? A college freshman meets an attractive girl and wants to know her better. So he tests her scientifically. He talks her into getting a complete physical and taking a battery of psychological tests. He observes her, develops hypotheses, and tests them out to see if they really explain her. He wants to know for sure, so he exercises appropriate scientific skepticism. And she finally tells him to take a hike back to his lab, tired of his testing.

The fact is that you can’t really know a person by testing, only by trusting. If you are always doubting and questioning, you will never know a person. You cannot know a person as a person until you trust her enough to let her into your heart and life. The same is true of Jesus.

God came to Mary with an impossible announcement. Her first thought was not about the theological difficulties of the incarnation, but about the sheer biological impossibility. “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel’s answer speaks to our question about knowing the invisible Christ: “nothing will be impossible with God.” May God give us the faith to trust the Spirit’s power to do the impossible.


“I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”