23 December 2007

Our Christmas Miracle (Luke 1:39-48)


What does the virgin birth mean to you this Christmas Season?
By Mike Andrews

Think about for a moment

When we read in scripture about the coming Messiah.
That He will come in the form of a man through a virgin woman (young lady), by the holy Spirit


What comes to mind!

We look at these passages in our casual reading

But do we really sit down and ponder what is about to happen


We really need to stop and understand the significance
About this blessed event in History

This event is so vital and important that its mentioned
Throughout scripture

Moses said the Lord “.....will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." (Gen 3:15)


Isaiah said “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isa 7:14)


Jeremiah said “How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth— A woman shall encompass a man”. (Jer 31:22)
Then we see in the New Testament

Matthew said to Joseph " and she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus..." (Matt 1:21)

Paul says “God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, (Gal 4:4)
THE VIRGIN BIRTH IS VERY IMPORTANT
DOCTRINE TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
Why do I say that!

Ever since Moses proclaimed this truth

It s been our hope
Our peace
Our restoration
And
Most of all our Joy of salvation

Oswald Chambers said Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.

"Blessed are you among women" (v42)

A woman chosen by God

In the Hebrew this statement means

"You’re the most blessed of all woman"


(Luke 1:28) And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"


The angel said “highly favored one”

Literally means full of grace


This is the same meaning
for anyone that calls upon the name
Jesus and believes by faith


Paul says we are favored, make accepted by the Lord,
full of grace


(Eph 1:6) to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
We are accepted

Full of Grace
Found favour in the Beloved (Jesus Christ)


Elizabeth was praising the LORD

Not only for being with child
herself at such a late age

But praising the Lord in the Holy Spirit


Elizabeth was telling Mary that she was most blessed

Because
She was going to give birth to the greatest child ever

Our Lord Jesus

So great! people noticed
when they were in Jesus’ presence


(Luke 11:27) And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!"
This virgin birth is so much more than a miracle

Its our Life!

Without it I am doomed and so are you!

Faith is a must in order to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ

Nothing else matters
but this One thing

Remember what Jesus said to Peter

Do you love me" (John 21:15-17)

Trust me by faith

Put your hand here Thomas
Trust me by faith

Elizabeth is going to have child in your late age

"Blessed is she who believed..." (v45)

Mary you are going to have a Child

"Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." (v38)

Faith!

A faith that beginnings by
believing in the virgin birth


Mary understood this blessing that
Elizabeth was speaking in the Holy Spirit (v41)

Why do I say that? Mary speaks of this great blessing she has inside of her

“My soul magnifies the Lord (v46)
My soul is saturated with the Lord

“My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” (v47)

This is showing her need for a Savior

Mary also goes on to say

He is Love “regarded the lowly..” ( me a maidservant) (v48)

He is Mighty “has done great things for me” (v49)

He is Holy “holy is His name” (v49)

He is Mercy “to those who fear Him” (v50)

He is Sovereign “strength with His arm” (v51)

He is Righteous Judge “He has scattered... He has put down... He has exalted the lowly” (v52)

He is Provider “filled the hungry with good things” (v53)

He is the Finisher of our Salvation “He has helped His servant Israel... “ (v54)

That’s why John leaped in the womb!

Redemption is here

Prophecy has been fulfilled

The Seed has come to crush Satan and his fallen angels

Immanuel (God is with Us) has finally come to deliver Us!

The virgin birth is essential to the Christian Faith


1. If this revelation is rejected, then any other Biblical fact may be rejected
2. If the virgin birth is rejected, the deity or humanity (or both) of the Savior must also be discarded.
3. If the virgin birth is not true there is no valid salvation
4. If the virgin birth is not fact, then the doctrine of the incarnation, as revealed in scripture, cannot be accepted
5. If the virgin birth is not valid, man is without hope in time and eternity
6. If the virgin birth is error, other doctrines lose meaning and purpose


But we know through scripture
how important this virgin birth is


Remember

Elizabeth said to Mary "as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ear, the babe leaped in my womb for joy..."

Are you leaping for Joy this morning?
Does you soul magnify the Lord this morning?

Are you praising Him for finding favour in you ?

Are you thankful for that wonderful Christmas gift?


That gift is?

Salvation in the One true King

John MacArthur says "If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: "God with us." We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!
Merry Christmas from the Andrews Family
My hopes and prayers is that
He is your joy and gift this Christmas Season!

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