The Divine Announcement (Luke 1:25-38) - 12/4/22
The time is now.
The redeemer has come.
The birth announcement of Jesus Christ
Mary and Joseph – vv. 26-27
Young and innocent
God fearing (Joseph – Matthew 1:18-25)
Not the capital…but a small town
Nothing good comes from Nazareth John 1:46
She was a young teen
Zec was a priest serving the temple
Unmarried, Virgin (sexually pure)
A great picture of God’s providence. He has kept His word. A Savior is to be born. All that the OT pointed too is coming to fulfillment.
Gabriel’s Greeting – vv. 28-29
Zechariah had no personal greeting
Highly Favored one
Eph 1:6 – Blessed/Accepted in Beloved
The Lord is with you! (emphatic)
Mary was troubled and tried to discern
Confused, WHY WOULD GOD FAVOR ME?
Fear in the presence of the Lord
Gabriel’s Pronouncement - vv. 30-33
Do not be afraid – v 30
I come with blessing not judgement
You have found favor with God – v. 30
God’s sovereign grace… He chose her
You will conceive in your womb and bear a son – v. 31
You shall call His name Jesus – v. 31
Greek for the Hebrew word Yeshua… Yahweh Saves
He will be great – v. 31
John the Baptist is great in the Lord’s sight
JESUS IS GREAT!!!!!!
Called the Son of the Most High – v. 32
Given the throne of His Father – v. 32
He will reign over the House of Jacob FOREVER – v. 33
His kingdom there will be no end – v. 33
“with breathtaking brevity, in one vast, glorious revelation Gabriel succinctly summarized the entire ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ: His saving work, righteous life, deity, resurrection, ascension, glorious return, and kingdom rule.” JOHN F. MACARTHUR JR., LUKE 1–5, MACARTHUR NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY (CHICAGO: MOODY PUBLISHERS, 2009), 48.
Mary’s Response – v. 34
How will this be?
She doubted yet trusted
Gabriel’s Explanation – vv. 35-37
The Holy one will come upon you
Spirit hovered at creation…now her at the birth (creation) and at our new birth (new creation)
Power of the most high will overshadow you
Surround (same usage as at the transfiguration)
THEREFORE, the child will be called HOLY-the SON OF GOD
Elizabeth is also conceived (by Zec.)
NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD
Mary’s Faith – v. 38
I AM YOUR SERVANT OF THE LORD
Just like Hannah with Samuel 1 Sam. 1:1-2:10
Let it be according to your word