Responding to God's Leadership
December 19, 2004
Last week we studied about how angels rejoice over one
sinner that repents.
Have you ever repented of your sins? Have you ever
accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? I
remember on a youth mission trip the group was at a
park at Indiana Dunes in northern Indiana, it was about
dusk and Robert Allen, former education director here,
asked, Has there ever come a time in your life when you
accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour? The twilight, the
atmosphere, even a storm brewing, was conducive to
spiritual introspective. If you have never repented,
when do you plan to do so?
Have the angels ever rejoiced over you? Will they ever
rejoice at your salvation?
I Peter 1:12 - "them which have preached the gospel unto
you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven,
which things the angels desire to look into"
Today we study the miracle of the incarnation - when God,
the Spirit, became man, the flesh.
An angel is involved in the announcement of the plans for
this great event.
v. 26 - Here - the angel Gabriel is sent to start the process
that God planned from the beginning of the world.
See Rev. 13:8
Gabriel sent. Christ, the Sent of God! You/me are sent.
Whose side are you on? ch. 11:23
Nazareth, a city of Galilee, hidden in the hills. A rendez-
vous for the worst of people, a proverbial place out of
which no good thing be expected. John 1:46
Gal. 4:4-5 - "in the fulness of time" - First Baptist
Rev. 3:14 - Christ, "the Beginning of the creation of God"
A deeper interest should gather around Jesus coming into
the world to save mankind from their sins, than that of
the beginning of the material universe.
Genesis gives to us the account of the mysterious origin
of the material world - Luke gives us the account of the
mysterious origin of the new creation and the salvation
Galilee - Isaiah 9:2
vs. 27-28 - Warning against worshipping Mary - the Lord
Jesus is the one to be magnified - not Mary.
I would like to ask the women folk, if you had lived in that
generation, would you have qualified to be the mother of
the Son of God?
We are living in a very evil age - we count God's
commandment as nothing and commit fornication or adultery
as if eating a piece of bread or taking a sip of water. Mary is
the original madonna (a title of respect)- today you have a
cult star by the same name of which she is not worthy. It is
alarming when more young people know more about Madonna
v. 29 - Receive what is written - being assured that the same
power of the Highest by which the crucified Jesus
was raised from the tomb where He had lain for three
days, was able to overshadow the virgin of Nazereth,
was able to cause to be born of her "that holy thing"
which was called the Son of God!
Zacharias doubted - Mary wondered
v. 31 – “call His name Jesus” – The Salvation of Jehovah!
vs. 32-33 - "house of David" - a sure house - I Sam. 2:35
"He shall be called the Son of the Highest" - Wed. night
taking out garbage & looking at the starts.
A new king - an everlasting Monarch!
"the throne of his father David"
Yet unfulfilled - speaks of a restoration of Israel.
It has been 2000 years since Gabriel spoke of a
kingdom that would have no end!
1948 - Israel a nation! 1967 - Jerusalem regained!
Today the Jews are looking in all the wrong places -
It is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and Him Only!
The Jews have been kept distinct even though
intermingled with the nations of the world and today
are waiting His coming - Isaiah 66:8
v. 33 - the dignity and power that Christ shall attain -
its duration - "forever" - its extent - "no end"
v. 35 - In Christ we have the humanity and the Divinity
in one, each perfect and complete. What ever can be
said of man, it can be said of Christ (except sin),
what can be said of God can be said of Him.
"I and my Father are one"
Psalm 118:22-23 Matt. 21:42
"This is the Lord's doing, it is marvelous in our eyes"
Reminds one of the opening words of Genesis at the
dawn of creation - "The Spirit moved (brooded) over
the face of the deep".
The Word was conceived in the womb of a woman,
not after the manner of men, but by the operation of
the Holy Ghost, whereby a virgin was, beyond the law
of nature, enabled to conceive, and that which was
conceived in her was originally and completely
Holiness is not a mere attainment, obedience to the
moral law - it is a new supernatural being - "born of
the Spirit" - "not born of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God"
v. 37 - "with God nothing shall be impossible"
v. 38 - No demands made on Mary - just her consent.
Notice the attitude of Mary - "Behold the hand-maiden
of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word"
She accepts the sacrifice - she submitted herself of her
own free will to what she felt was the will & wish of God!
Her innocence was vindicated - Matt. 1:20
v. 39 - v. 24 - Moses was on the backside of the desert -
spent 40 yrs there.
Paul - Gal. 1:16-18
Quiet time - contrast the Great Commission
John the Baptist - v. 80
Elizabeth and Mary exude expressions of intense joy &
thankfulness, the deep awe and gratitude of their hearts.
Compare songs of Hannah and Deborah in OT
v. 41 - Goings on in the womb - and to think that
there are those who would euthanize it,
damage it, desecrate it.
The madness associated with censorship of expressions
of worship on government property - coming across town
Wed. night - the words of Psalm 36:2 came to me - "until
his iniquity be found to be hateful"
v. 43 - "my Lord" - the promised Messiah and the awful
Son of God.
v. 44 - Reiteration
v. 45 - A Belief! A Performance!
Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto
him for righteousness - Rom. 4:18-25
"Blessed is she that believed" - play off of womanhood.
What kind of person would forfeit their virginity?
Who would abort a child to compound that evil?
Mary - Gabriel Eve- the devil
I John 4:1
vs. 46-56 - Mary's Response - The Magnificat -
her praise - deep feelings of adoration, holy
joy, glad surprise. She asks nothing - just
breathes adoration & thankfulness!
Notice personal gladness & emotion, losing self in the
sense of unspeakable lovingkindness of God!
vs. 46-48 - "regardeth the low estate" - "He knoweth
our frame, He remembereth that we are dust"
Distant generations will not hear our name, but in the
remotest times we shall be dwelling and serving in
vs. 48-49 - "all generations" - making of a Christmas
card - Rev. 22:13 - "I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the end, the first and the
"generation to generation"
v. 50 - "generation to generation" - those who fear
God receive His mercy in every generation.
Psalm 22:27-31 - to the day - Rev. 22:17
Mary glorifies four attributes of God - His power, His
holiness, His Mercy and His faithfulness.
GOD IS THE SOURCE OF MARY'S JOY!
Surely in all the world's creation, His might had never
been shown as it was now about to be manifest in her!
In the Incarnation, God was sending real help to His
people. It was the crowning act of mercy, and the
fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham and his
seed. Mary thus began with God's holiness and passed
in review His power, His mercy, and finally His
faithfulness. All these are illustrated eminently
in the Incarnation.
vs. 51-53 - describes the Messiah's reversal of man's
conception of what is little and great as though
the unborn Babe had already done His mighty
& strange work in the world.
Sounds like the Sermon on the Mount preached
thirty years later!
God's holiness is shown in His providential inter-
positions, in His humbling the haughty, in His
scattering the cruel and the profane, in His raising
the lowly and the pure and the true.
Thus, He has been revealing His righteousness in
EVERY NATION & in EVERY AGE
vs. 54-56 - God has not forgotten His promise nor
The fidelity of God to His covenant with Israel!
v. 55 - The Lord's Faithfulness
"God manifest in the flesh" - I Tim. 3:12
We have no right to hope and no reason to expect,
that He will ever manifest Himself to us in more
attractive features than as we see Him in the Son
that was born on Christmas Day!