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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)

  • Unknown

    • Nazareth

    • 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

    • God’s grace

    • Divine favor

  • 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

    • Megas

    • 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?

    • Fair question

    • 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.)


Mary’s Faith – v. 38


  • Let it be according to your word

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