CELEBRATE JESUS
AT CHRISTMAS
LUKE 1:26-56; 2:1-7
DECEMBER 22, 2013
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
USA
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DECEMBER MEMORY
VERSE:
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
6 For

unto us a Child is
born, Unto us a Son is
given;
and the government shall
be upon His shoulder, and
His name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting
...
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December 24—
Christmas Eve Service—
5:00 p.m.—Sanctuary
Celebrate Christmas with
a Candlelight Service,
Baptism and Observ...
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The prophet Isaiah 700 BC

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Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
6 For

unto us a Child is
born (earthly perspective),
Unto us a Son is given
(God’s perspective)
(both are...
and the government shall
be upon His shoulder, and
His name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting
...
Isaiah 9:10 NKJV
10 “The bricks have fallen
down, but we will rebuild
with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut
down, but we...
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Isaiah 9:10 NKJV
10 “The bricks have fallen
down, but we will rebuild
with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut
down, but we...
What’s the number one thing?
The glory of God!

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1 Corinthians 10:31
NKJV
31 Therefore,

whether you
eat or drink, or whatever
you do, do all to the glory
of God.
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3 Virgin birth verses:
2,000 years from Adam
(Gen 3) to Abraham
2,000 years from Abraham
to Jesus (Luke 1)
2,000 years fro...
Galatians 3:16 NKJV
16 Now

to Abraham and his
Seed were the promises
made. He does not say, “And
to seeds,” as of many, b...
3 Virgin birth verses:
1) Genesis 3:14-15 - Adam
2) Luke 1:34-35 - Jesus
3) Revelation 12:1-5 - us
Genesis 3:14-15 NKJV
14 So the LORD God said to
the serpent:
“Because you have done
this,
You are cursed more than
all cat...
And more than every
beast of the field;
On your belly you shall
go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And

I will put enmity
Between you and the
woman,
And between your seed
and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And yo...
heel.” Gen 3:14-15 NKJV

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He shall bruise your head

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Genesis 3:15 has been
called the
protoevangelium,
the first Gospel.
Martin Luther said of this
verse: "This text embraces
and comprehends within
itself everything noble
and glorious that is ...
God wanted more than
just innocent man; His
plan was to bring forth
redeemed man.
“Redeemed man –
this being who is greater
than innocent man –
is only possible because
man had something to be
redeemed fr...
3 Virgin birth verses:
1) Genesis 3:14-15 - Adam
2) Luke 1:34-35 - Jesus
3) Revelation 12:1-5 - us
Luke 1:34-35 NKJV
34 Then

Mary said to the
angel, “How can this be,
since I do not know a
man?”
35 And

the angel answered
and said to her, “The Holy
Spirit will come upon
you, and the power of the
Highest will oversha...
born will be called the Son
of God.
Luke 1:34-35 NKJV
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3 Virgin birth verses:
1) Genesis 3:14-15 - Adam
2) Luke 1:34-35 - Jesus
3) Revelation 12:1-5 - us
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Revelation 12:1-5 NKJV
1 Now a great sign
appeared in heaven: a
woman (Virgo the Virgin)
clothed with the sun, with
the mo...
of twelve stars.

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2 Then

being with Child,
she cried out in labor and
in pain to give birth.
3 And

another sign
appeared in heaven:
behold, a great, fiery red
dragon having seven
heads and ten horns, and
seven diad...
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4 His

tail drew a third of
the stars of heaven and
threw them to the earth.
And the dragon stood
before the woman who
was...
as it was born.
5 She bore a male Child
Who was to rule all
nations with a rod of iron.
And her Child was caught
up to God...
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3 Virgin birth verses:
2,000 years from Adam
(Gen 3) to Abraham
2,000 years from Abraham
to Jesus (Luke 1)
2,000 years fro...
Wiersbe's Expository
Outlines on the New
Testament. Copyright ©
1992 by Chariot Victor
Publishing, an imprint of
Cook Comm...
Barclay's Daily Study
Bible (NT)
J. Vernon McGee's Thru
The Bible
Dr. Luke was the poet
who gave us the songs of
Christmas!
Elizabeth’s Song
The Song of Mary
LUKE 1:39-45 NKJV
Elizabeth’s Song

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LUKE 1:46-56 NKJV
The Song of Mary

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Mary's song of praise is
called "The Magnificent"
(from the Latin word for
"magnify").
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LUKE 1:26-56 NKJV
Christ’s Birth Announced
to Mary
26 Now in the sixth month
the angel Gabriel was sent
by God to a city o...
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The Annunciation took
place at Nazareth.

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LUKE 1:27 NKJV
27 to

a virgin betrothed to
a man whose name was
Joseph, of the house of
David. The virgin’s
name was Mary...
It is very possible that
both Joseph and Mary
were quite young when
they were betrothed.

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Girls were often betrothed
as young as twelve years
old, and boys when they
were several years older
than that.
A Hebrew marriage
involved two stages,
the kiddushin (betrothal,
sanctification or
dedication) and the
huppah (ceremony un...
Huppah

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The betrothal prohibited
the woman to all other
men and was so binding
that it required a religious
divorce (Get) to disso...
During the betrothal the man
and woman were considered
legally married, even though
the marriage ceremony
(huppah) and con...
The betrothal period
served as a time of
probation and testing of
fidelity.
During that period the
bride and groom usually
had little, if any, social
contact with each other.
When a young Hebrew
man and woman were to
be betrothed, the groom
poured wine into his cup
and invited the woman to
drink ...
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It was up to her.
If she drank from it, she
was considered betrothed
to him.
If she did not, no marriage
would take place.
Paul tells the church in
II Corinthians 11:2
2 For I am jealous for you with
godly jealousy. For I have
betrothed you to o...
When the bride drank of
the cup, she drank of the
marriage covenant or
contract, accepting it.
It is no wonder what Jesus
tells His disciples in
Matthew 26:27-28

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Matthew 26:27-28 NKJV
27 Then

He took the cup,
and gave thanks, and
gave it to them, saying,
“Drink from it, all of you.
28 For

this is My blood of
the new covenant, which
is shed for many for the
remission of sins.
Matthew 26:27-28 NKJV
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As we drink of His cup,
we accept His invitation
to be betrothed to Him
and to be forgiven of our
sins so we can be like H...
presence at the Marriage
Supper of the Lamb.

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Yet it means far more!
“Drinking the cup" means
to accept whatever that
cup represents.
The drinking of the cup is
similar (but more binding)
to the part in our marriage
ceremonies when we vow
“to have and to h...
for richer for poorer,
in sickness and in health,

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to love and to cherish, till
death us do part

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When the mother of James
and John approached Jesus
with her request to have
her sons sit on each side of
Jesus when He cam...
Matthew 20:22
But Jesus answered and
said, "You do not know
what you ask. Are you
[James and John] able to
drink the cup t...
baptized with the baptism
that I am baptized with?"
They said to Him, "We are
able."
Matthew 20:22
They did not take the cue
from Jesus that they may
have to drink more than
they cared to swallow!
They answer affirmatively
before they realized what
Christ's cup contained.
Jesus continues:
Matthew 20:23
So He said to t...
and be baptized with the
baptism that I am baptized
with; but to sit on my right
hand and on My left is not
Mine to give, ...
What happened to them?
James the son of Zebedee
was the first apostle
martyred, beheaded early
on by Herod (Acts 12:2).
The apostle James

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Though John was the
longest-lived of the
twelve, apparently living
nearly 100 years, he
certainly suffered greatly
at the ...
Not only did he spend
many years in exile on the
Isle of Patmos, one
tradition says he
miraculously survived
being boiled ...
The apostle John

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Beyond this, he had to
watch the church
disintegrate through
apostasy and persecution.
Part of what Jesus' cup
entails is ...
When we drink of His
cup, we are saying we are
willing to suffer with Him
and experience with Him
whatever He ordains for
...
Philippians 3:10 NKJV
10 that I may know Him
and the power of His
resurrection, and the
fellowship of His
sufferings, bein...
We symbolically pledge
that we are willing to
walk down the same path
He walked, with similar
consequences.
We do not just drink the
wine at the Lord’s
Supper—we drink "of the
cup" of Communion, we
are proclaiming our
willingness ...
We are willing to endure
whatever
He has
appointed for
us as our lot.
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We are also identifying
ourselves with Him
exclusively.
We are cupbearers to the
King of kings and to Him
only.
Psalm 16:5 NKJV
O LORD, You are the
portion of my inheritance
and my cup; You maintain
my lot.
Do we grasp the meaning
of this?
We cannot serve two
masters (Matthew 6:24).
We cannot simultaneously
identify with Christ...
Our lives, our actions, our
words, our thoughts,
continuously announce
which one is our father,
God in Heaven or Satan.
Drinking of Jesus' cup
means to live His way of
life and renounce Satan's
ways.
Are we drinking of the
Master's Cup?
Mary did drink of
Joseph’s cup and was
engaged to him.
Both of them had come
from the line of David.
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LUKE 1:28 NKJV
28 And having come in, the
angel said to her,
“Rejoice, highly favored
one, the Lord is with you;
blessed a...
Mary is blessed among
women but not above
women.

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Mary is not lifted above
women; but she lifted up
womanhood.
This is the role she played.
It is so easy to say that a
woman (Eve) brought sin
into the world, but
remember, it was also a
woman (Mary), and not a
ma...
*Gabriel's greeting is
literally, "Grace, you who
are highly graced!"
*Although she was a godly
woman, it was God's grace,...
The phrase "highly
favored" is used of all
God's people in Eph 1:6
("which He freely
bestowed on us" [NASB]).
Ephesians 1:4-6 NKJV
4 just as He chose us in
Him before the
foundation of the world,
that we should be holy
and without b...
5 having

predestined us to
adoption as sons by Jesus
Christ to Himself,
according to the good
pleasure of His will,
6 to

the praise of the glory
of His grace, by which He
made us accepted in the
Beloved (that He highly
favored us in the
...
LUKE 1:29 NKJV
29 But

when she saw him,
she was troubled at his
saying, and considered
what manner of greeting
this was.
It is understandable that
Mary was troubled at the
sayings of the angel.
When the supernatural
touches the natural, it can...
Mary "cast in her mind
what manner of salutation
this should be."

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LUKE 1:30-33 NKJV
30 Then

the angel said to
her, “Do not be afraid,
Mary, for you have found
favor with God.
31 And

behold, you will
conceive in your womb
and bring forth a Son, and
shall call His name JESUS.
32 He

will be great, and
will be called the Son of
the Highest; and the Lord
God will give Him the
throne of His father
D...
33 And

He will reign over
the house of Jacob forever,
and of His kingdom there
will be no end.”
LUKE 1:31-33 NKJV
This is plain language.
There is no way of
misinterpreting it.
This passage is quite
literal.
Those folks who deny the
virgin birth also do not
believe that the Lord is
literally going to sit on the
throne of His fat...
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*Apparently it was
understood that what
Luke is writing about is
literal.
*The virgin's womb is
literal, and the throne of...
He shall literally reign
over the house of Jacob,
and of His Kingdom there
shall be no end.
That Kingdom is also a
reality...
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The coming of the Son of
God to earth involved not
only our personal
salvation but also the
fulfilling of God's
promises t...
To "spiritualize" these
promises is to rob the
Jews of what God
promised them (2 Sam 7;
Isa 9:6-7; Jeremiah 33:1418).
If the angel's words in
vv. 30-31 are to be taken
literally, so should his
words in vv. 32-33.
LUKE 1:34 NKJV
34 Then

Mary said to the
angel, “How can this be,
since I do not know a
man?”
Unlike Zacharias, Mary
had faith that God would
do what He promised.

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The virgin birth is a
miracle of God that
brought the eternal Son of
God into the world
without any taint of sin in
His hu...
*Mary was the first one to
question the virgin birth.
She said, "How can it be?"
*This is still a good
question. Dr. Luke ...
LUKE 1:35 NKJV
35 And

the angel answered
and said to her, “The Holy
Spirit will come upon
you, and the power of the
Highe...
you; therefore, also, that
Holy One Who is to be
born will be called the Son
of God.
LUKE 1:35 NKJV
Have you ever felt like the
Holy Spirit
was upon
you?

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Have you ever felt that the
Holy Spirit was so heavy
upon you that you felt
overshadowed – like the
Spirit was all over yo...
An awesome feeling –
being so overshadowed
by the Holy Spirit that
you felt soaked in the
Spirit - drenched in His
presenc...
When you pray – when
you read the Bible – when
you worship – don’t be in
such a hurry – don’t come
with an agenda – allow
...
We should be still
and listen!

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The verb for
“overshadow”
speaks of
the direct,
personal
presence
of God.
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The word overshadow
means "to cover with a
cloud," like the cloud of
Shekinah glory (Exodus
16:10; 19:9; 24:16; 34:5;
40:3...
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or the cloud of the
transfiguration (Matthew
17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:34).

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The verb form is used in
all three accounts of the
Transfiguration to
describe the cloud that
enveloped Jesus, Moses
and E...
mountain. (Overshadow!)

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From that cloud came a
voice saying,
“This is My Son,” even as
Gabriel told Mary,
“The holy One to be born
will be called ...
The virgin birth was
God’s way of
announcing
to the world
that Jesus
was indeed
His Son.
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Through the virgin birth, the
Son of God entered the
human race, taking upon
Himself all aspects of true
humanity, yet rem...
What role did the Holy
Spirit play in this?
Dr. Ray Pritchard says that
through some means
unknown to us, during the
“overshadowing” He created
within the womb of Mar...
The virgin birth is the
only way God could get
that "holy thing" into the
human family.
The union of man and
woman can only produce
a child with a sin nature.
We are told in the Book of
Leviticus that the birth of
a child caused a woman to
be unclean because she
brought a sinner i...
*In Psalm 51:5 David said,
“Behold, I was shapen in
iniquity; and in sin did
my mother conceive me.”
*No man had anything ...
*Mary is told that she is
not bringing a sinner into
the world but that this
Child is holy.
*Mary's Son would be
different...
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Unlike when Jesus was
born, when we were born
again, we had to be
adopted into God’s family.

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Like Mary, we are highly
favored and blessed.

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LUKE 1:36-37 NKJV
36 Now indeed, Elizabeth
your relative has also
conceived a son in her old
age; and this is now the
sixt...
37 For

with God nothing
will be impossible.”
LUKE 1:36-37 NKJV
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*The birth of John the
Baptist is also miraculous,
but it is not a virgin birth.
*The statement of the
angel, "For with Go...
and something we need to
hold onto during these
days.

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There are folk who have
taken this statement and
twisted and distorted its
meaning (prosperity
gospel preachers, name it
a...
There is nothing
impossible with God
when He has determined
to do it, but He will not
necessarily do the
impossible we ask...
Many people use this
verse as a cliché to cover
up the fact that they want
their own selfish desires.
Nothing is impossible
with God, but there is a
great deal that is
impossible with you and
me.
When a man says,
"Nothing is impossible
with God" and fails at
some task he claims the
Lord gave him to do, it
causes unbe...
Anything God determines
to do He can accomplish,
because there is nothing
impossible with God.
But that does not mean
He will do everything
believers want Him to do,
because some things are
not included in His plan.
Let us put everything in
proper perspective before
we do a lot of talking that
will hurt and harm the
cause of Jesus Chris...
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LUKE 1:38 NKJV
38 Then Mary said,
“Behold the maidservant
of the Lord! Let it be to
me according to your
word.” And the an...
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*This verse reveals Mary's
free will submission to the
will of God.
*Mary's submission is a
very lovely thing.
*"Whatever ...
Mary had learned to
forget the world's most
common prayer—
"Thy will be changed"—
and prayed the world's
greatest prayer—
...
Mary yielded herself to
the Holy Spirit (“present
your bodies as a living,
holy sacrifice” Rom 12:1)
knowing full well tha...
When Mary told the angel,
"Be it unto me according to
thy word“, at that very
moment a cloud came over
her life, and that ...
The resurrection of Christ
proves His virgin birth.
It was questioned until
then.
*You cannot deny the
virgin birth and believe
the Resurrection, or vice
versa.
*The virgin birth and the
Resurrection go t...
LUKE 1:39-40 NKJV
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 Now

Mary arose in
those days and went into
the hill country with
haste, to a c...
40 and

entered the house
of Zacharias and greeted
Elizabeth.
LUKE 1:39-40 NKJV
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Zacharias and Elizabeth
lived in one of the priestly
cities (Joshua 21), so Mary
had to make
a journey to
get there.
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When she arrived and
greeted Elizabeth,
wonderful things began to
happen.
LUKE 1:41 NKJV
41 And it happened, when
Elizabeth heard the
greeting of Mary, that the
babe leaped in her womb;
and Elizab...
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LUKE 1:42 NKJV
42 Then

she spoke out with
a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among
women, and blessed is the
fruit o...
*This begins the first song
given to us in Luke's
Gospel, and it is lovely.
*Dr. Luke was the poet
who gives us all the so...
This is a lyrical song on
the blessedness of Mary.
Nowhere can we better
see the paradox of
blessedness than in
Mary’s lif...
*To Mary was granted the
blessedness of being the
mother of the Son of God.
*Well might her heart be
filled with a wonderi...
Yet that very blessedness
was to be
a sword
to pierce
her heart.
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It meant that some day
she would see her son
hanging on a cross.

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To be chosen by God so
often means at one and
the same time
a crown of
joy and cross
of sorrow.
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The piercing truth is that
God does not choose a
person for ease and
comfort and selfish joy but
for a task that will take...
God chooses a man in
order to use him.

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When that is realized, the
sorrows and hardships
that serving God may
bring are not matters for
lamentation; they are our
...
A great Spanish saint
prayed for his people,
"May God deny you peace
and give you glory."
A great modern preacher
said, "Jesus Christ came
not to make life easy but
to make men great."
It is the paradox of
blessedness that it confers
on a person at one and the
same time the greatest joy
and the greatest ta...
Hebrews 12:1b-2 NKJV
1b let us lay aside every
weight, and the sin which
so easily ensnares us, and
let us run with endura...
2 looking

unto Jesus, the
Author and Finisher
of our faith, Who for the
joy that was set before
Him endured the cross,
de...
hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1b-2 NKJV

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LUKE 1:43 NKJV
43 But

why is this granted
to me, that the mother of
my Lord should come to
me?
*Note that Elizabeth
called Mary "the mother
of my Lord," which is a
proper title.
*It was Mary's faith that
was extolled ...
LUKE 1:44 NKJV
44 For

indeed, as soon as
the voice of your greeting
sounded in my ears, the
babe leaped in my womb
for jo...
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Elizabeth gave praise to
God for what He had
done for Mary, and the
unborn John the Baptist
leaped for joy in his
mother's...
LUKE 1:45 NKJV
45 Blessed

is she who
believed, for there will be
a fulfillment of those
things which were told
her from t...
*Little is said in Scripture
about Elisabeth.
*She sang the first song of
the New Testament, and
when you have a soloist
l...
She is a remarkable
person.
She had faith while her
husband Zacharias did
not.
*He was struck dumb
because of his unbelief,
but Elisabeth was not.
*She believed God.
*Now she as an old
woman encourages...
Elisabeth had walked
with God for many years,
and she assures Mary that
there would be a
performance of those
things which...
Mary needed the
encouragement that
Elisabeth could give.

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Now Mary sings a song.
This is known as the
Magnificat.
This song teaches us
several interesting things.
Mary tells us in her song
that she needed a Savior
and that she rejoiced in
Him.
We also need to call her
blessed.
*Mary is a wonderful
person, and it was no
accident that she was
chosen by God.
*It was His definite
decision, and God mak...
It was her glorious
privilege to be the mother
of the Son of God, to bring
Him into the world.
Listen as Mary continues
to...
The Song of Mary
LUKE 1:46-56 NKJV

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Mary's song of praise is
called "The Magnificent"
(from the Latin word for
"magnify").
Mary knew the Scriptures,
for there are at least
fifteen OT quotations or
allusions in her song.
(See 1 Samuel 2:1-10)
Mary praises God and
eight times tells us what
God has done
("He has . . . " NKJV).
Note that Mary
acknowledged God as her
Savior (v. 47), which
indicates that she had
trusted the Lord for her
own salvation...
She praised God for what
He did for her (46-49), for
all who fear Him (50-53),
and for His people Israel
(54-55).
Mary took God's promises
to Israel literally and did
not explain them away.
LUKE 1:46-48a NKJV
The Song of Mary
46 And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the
Lord,
47 And my spirit has
rejoiced in God my...
48a For

He has regarded
the lowly state of His
maidservant;

LUKE 1:46-48a NKJV
Psalm 66:18 NKJV
18 If

I regard (pay special
attention to) iniquity in
my heart,
The Lord will not hear.
LUKE 1:48-56 NKJV
48 For He has regarded the
lowly state of His
maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all
generations will c...
49 For

He Who is mighty
has done great things for
me,
And holy is His name.
50 And

His mercy is on
those who fear Him
From generation to
generation.
51 He

has shown strength
with His arm;
He has scattered the
proud in the imagination
of their hearts.
52 He

has put down the
mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry
with good things,
An...
54 He

has helped His
servant Israel,
In remembrance
of His mercy,
55 As

He spoke to our
fathers,
To Abraham and to his
seed forever.”
56 And

Mary remained
with her about three
months, and returned to
her house.
LUKE 1:46-56 NKJV
Here we have a passage
which has become one of
the great hymns of the
church—the Magnificat.
It is saturated with the
Old Testament; and is
specially kin to Hannah's
song of praise in 1 Sam
2:1-10.
It has been said that
religion is the opiate of
the people; but, as Stanley
Jones said, "the Magnificat
is the most revolu...
It speaks of three of the
revolutions of God.
(i) He scatters the proud
in the plans of their
hearts. That is a moral
revo...
Because if a man sets his
life beside that of Christ it
tears the last vestiges of
pride from him.
*Sometimes something
happens to a man which
with a vivid, revealing
light shames him.
*O. Henry has a short
story about a ...
*In school he used to sit
beside a girl and they
were fond of each other.
*He went to the city and
fell into evil ways.
*H...
*One day he snatched an
old lady's purse.
*It was clever work and he
was pleased.
*And then he saw coming
down the street ...
still sweet with the
radiance of innocence.
*Suddenly he saw himself
for the cheap, vile thing
he really was.
*Burning with shame, he
leaned his head against
the cool iron of a lamp
standard. "God," he said,
"I wish I could die."
*H...
*Christ enables a man to
see himself.
*It is the deathblow to
pride.
The moral revolution has
begun.
(ii) He casts down the
mighty—he exalts the
humble.
That is a social revolution.
*Christianity puts an end
to the world's ...
*Muretus was a poor,
wandering scholar of the
middle ages.
*In an Italian town he
took ill and was taken to a
hospital for...
*The doctors were
discussing his case in
Latin, never dreaming he
could understand.
*They suggested that
since he was such a
worthless wanderer they
might use him for medical
experiments.
*He looked up and
answered them in their
own learned tongue,
"Call no man worthless
for whom Christ died!"
*When we have realized
what Christ did for all
men, it is no longer
possible to speak about a
common man.
*The social grad...
(iii) He has filled those
who are hungry... those
who are rich he has sent
empty away.
That is an economic
revolution.
A non-Christian society is
an acquisitive society
where each man is out to
amass as much as he can
get.
A Christian society is a
society where no man
dares to have too much
while others have too
little, where every man
must ge...
There is loveliness in the
Magnificat but in that
loveliness there is
dynamite.
Christianity begets a
revolution in each man
and revolution in the
world.
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LUKE 2:1 NKJV
1 And it came to pass in
those days that a decree
went out from Caesar
Augustus that all the
world should be...
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/Statue-Augustus.jpg
That Jesus would be born
in Bethlehem was
ordained by God long
before Caesar Augustus
made his decree
(Micah 5:2; Acts 15:...
http://www.emptytombchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/post_bethlehem.jpg
http://bibleatlas.org/region/bethlehem.jpg
LUKE 2:2 NKJV
2 This

census first took
place while Quirinius was
governing Syria.
In the Roman Empire
periodical censuses were
taken with the double object
of assessing taxation and of
discovering those w...
The Jews were exempt
from military service, and,
therefore, in Palestine a
census would be
predominantly for
taxation purp...
Such censuses were taken
every fourteen years.
In the phrase, "all the
world should be taxed“,
the Greek word for world,
oikoumene, means
"inhabited earth" and
referred ...
Caesar Augustus was the
adopted son of Julius
Caesar.
Actually his name was
Octavianus and he took
the name Caesar.
The name Augustus was
not a name at all but a
title.
When the senate
submitted to him certain
titles like king, emperor,
and dictator, he was not
satisfied.
Instead he chose t...
It had religious
significance, it was an
attempt to deify himself.
It was no accident that Dr.
Luke mentioned the name
of ...
*This man signed a tax bill
that the whole world (of
that day) be taxed.
*He needed money to
raise an army to control
his ...
Notice Luke's historical
reference that this taxing
was first made when
Cyrenius was governor of
Syria.
LUKE 2:3-5 NKJV
3 So

all went to be
registered, everyone to his
own city.
4 Joseph

also went up
from Galilee, out of the
city of Nazareth, into
Judea, to the city of
David, which is called
Bethle...
lineage of David,
5 to

be registered with
Mary, his betrothed wife,
who was with child.
LUKE 2:3-5 NKJV
Joseph and Mary came
out of Nazareth in Galilee
and went into Judea to
Bethlehem, the city of
David.
*Joseph did this because
he was of the house and
lineage of David.
*Why did Mary have to
go to Bethlehem?
*She also was of...
Caesar Augustus
attempted to make
himself a god.
He wanted to be
worshiped.
He signed a tax bill which
caused a woman and
man, peasants, living in
Nazareth, to journey to
Bethlehem to enroll.
The woman was carrying
in her womb the Son of
God!
This Caesar Augustus
tried to make himself
God, but nobody today
reverences him or pays
taxes to him.
*But that little baby in
Mary's womb -- many of
us worship Him today
and call Him our Savior.
*Caesar Augustus was
merely ...
prophecy, "But thou,
Bethlehem Ephratah,
though thou be little
among the thousands of
Judah, yet out of thee
shall he come...
Israel; whose goings forth
have been from of old,
from everlasting" (Micah
5:2).
This is a remarkable
account.
Everything that happened
was arranged by God.
If anyone had said to
Caesar, "Wait a minute;
women about to give birth
are going to have to be
moved in order for you to
...
"I do not care about babies
or their mothers; I am
only interested in taxes,
armies, money and
luxury."
*That is all gone ...
The journey from
Nazareth to Bethlehem
was 80 miles.
The accommodation for
travelers was most
primitive.
The eastern khan was like
a series of stalls opening
off a common courtyard.
Travelers brought their
own food; all that the
innkeeper provided was
fodder for the animals
and a fire to cook.
The town was crowded
and there was no room for
Joseph and Mary.
So it was in the common
courtyard that Mary's
child was bo...
The difficult three-day
journey from Nazareth to
Bethlehem may have
taken longer because of
Mary's condition.
LUKE 2:6-7 NKJV
6 So

it was, that while they
were there, the days were
completed for her to be
delivered.
7 And

she brought forth her
firstborn Son, and
wrapped Him in
swaddling cloths, and laid
Him in a manger, because
there w...
Dr. Luke gets right down
to the little human details
in this passage.
He is saying that Mary
put swaddling clothes on
this little child -- baby
clothes and diapers on the
Son of God!
How perfectly human He
was -- God manifest in the
flesh!
Swaddling clothes
consisted of a square of
cloth with a long
bandage-like strip coming
diagonally off from one
corner.
The child was first
wrapped in the square of
cloth and then the long
strip was wound round
and round about him.
The word translated
"manger" means a place
where animals feed; and
therefore it can be either
the stable or the manger
whi...
*That there was no room
in the inn was symbolic
of what was to happen to
Jesus.
*The only place where
there was room for h...
He sought an entry to the
over-crowded hearts of
men; He could not find it;
and still his search—and
His rejection—go on.
Some preachers and some
people who present
Christmas pageants like to
condemn the innkeeper
because he did not give Mary
a...
“Inn" was probably a
typical Eastern
"caravansary," a two-story
structure (the lower level
was for animals) built
around a...
Jesus must have been
born in one of the cattle
stalls; the feeding trough
was His bed.
Phil 2:1-11 and
2 Corinthians 8:9.
What’s the number
one thing?
The glory of God!

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12 December 22, 2013, Luke 1;26 2;7, Celebrate Jesus At Christmas

  1. 1. CELEBRATE JESUS AT CHRISTMAS LUKE 1:26-56; 2:1-7 DECEMBER 22, 2013 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  2. 2. http://www.handofgod.com.au/attachments/Image/nativitystorythe_photos_1.jpg
  3. 3. http://orlandopropertymanager.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/swchristmascard_top.jpg
  4. 4. DECEMBER MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 9:6 NKJV 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
  5. 5. and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
  6. 6. http://cdn-parable.com/ProdImage/Large/01/9781605161501.jpg
  7. 7. December 24— Christmas Eve Service— 5:00 p.m.—Sanctuary Celebrate Christmas with a Candlelight Service, Baptism and Observance of the Lord’s Supper
  8. 8. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_N99pcpIz7ik/TRS7Ctdv5mI/AAAAAAAAAVI/1Bk2jdXeZ-0/s1600/Christ+Child.jpg
  9. 9. The prophet Isaiah 700 BC http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/50/Isaiah_%28Bible_Card%29.jpg/537px-Isaiah_%28Bible_Card%29.jpg
  10. 10. Isaiah 9:6 NKJV 6 For unto us a Child is born (earthly perspective), Unto us a Son is given (God’s perspective) (both are in the past now);
  11. 11. and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
  12. 12. Isaiah 9:10 NKJV 10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; The sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.”
  13. 13. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514lWYmuBsL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  14. 14. Isaiah 9:10 NKJV 10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; The sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.”
  15. 15. What’s the number one thing?
  16. 16. The glory of God! http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4612040156710431&pid=1.7
  17. 17. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  18. 18. http://www.idahovaluesalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Christ-in-Christmas1.jpg
  19. 19. 3 Virgin birth verses: 2,000 years from Adam (Gen 3) to Abraham 2,000 years from Abraham to Jesus (Luke 1) 2,000 years from Jesus to us (Rev 12)
  20. 20. Galatians 3:16 NKJV 16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” Who is Christ.
  21. 21. 3 Virgin birth verses: 1) Genesis 3:14-15 - Adam 2) Luke 1:34-35 - Jesus 3) Revelation 12:1-5 - us
  22. 22. Genesis 3:14-15 NKJV 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle,
  23. 23. And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
  24. 24. 15 And I 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
  25. 25. heel.” Gen 3:14-15 NKJV http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4743732472972389&w=168&h=182&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7
  26. 26. http://rlcfchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/cross-jesus-defeat-satan.jpg
  27. 27. He shall bruise your head http://blog.hillsbiblechurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/jesusresurrection8.jpg
  28. 28. Genesis 3:15 has been called the protoevangelium, the first Gospel.
  29. 29. Martin Luther said of this verse: "This text embraces and comprehends within itself everything noble and glorious that is to be found anywhere in the Scriptures."
  30. 30. God wanted more than just innocent man; His plan was to bring forth redeemed man.
  31. 31. “Redeemed man – this being who is greater than innocent man – is only possible because man had something to be redeemed from (a terrible choice).” David Guzik
  32. 32. 3 Virgin birth verses: 1) Genesis 3:14-15 - Adam 2) Luke 1:34-35 - Jesus 3) Revelation 12:1-5 - us
  33. 33. Luke 1:34-35 NKJV 34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
  34. 34. 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One Who is to be
  35. 35. born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:34-35 NKJV
  36. 36. http://www.captivatingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/star-of-bethlehem1.jpg
  37. 37. 3 Virgin birth verses: 1) Genesis 3:14-15 - Adam 2) Luke 1:34-35 - Jesus 3) Revelation 12:1-5 - us
  38. 38. http://scalambra.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/7am-12th-september-2-crop.jpg
  39. 39. Revelation 12:1-5 NKJV 1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman (Virgo the Virgin) clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland
  40. 40. of twelve stars. http://www.informedchristians.com/images/articles/revelation_midpoint_virgo.jpg
  41. 41. 2 Then being with Child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
  42. 42. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
  43. 43. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4936743955728791&pid=1.7
  44. 44. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon
  45. 45. as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child Who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Revelation 12:1-5 NKJV
  46. 46. http://www.lmci.org/articles/jcimage.jpg
  47. 47. 3 Virgin birth verses: 2,000 years from Adam (Gen 3) to Abraham 2,000 years from Abraham to Jesus (Luke 1) 2,000 years from Jesus to us (Rev 12) Now?
  48. 48. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Copyright © 1992 by Chariot Victor Publishing, an imprint of Cook Communication Ministries.
  49. 49. Barclay's Daily Study Bible (NT) J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
  50. 50. Dr. Luke was the poet who gave us the songs of Christmas! Elizabeth’s Song The Song of Mary
  51. 51. LUKE 1:39-45 NKJV Elizabeth’s Song http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ldzclimc8v1qdp53oo1_500.jpg
  52. 52. LUKE 1:46-56 NKJV The Song of Mary http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S6z1yUF3PRk/Tzv_MLzadfI/AAAAAAAACH8/Pwmwq669nTs/s1600/magnificat.jpg
  53. 53. http://www.maristes-france.org/spip301/IMG/jpg_magnificat_image.jpg
  54. 54. Mary's song of praise is called "The Magnificent" (from the Latin word for "magnify").
  55. 55. http://www.turnbacktogod.com/wp-conten/uploads/2011/12/Do-I-have-a-Magnificat.jpg
  56. 56. LUKE 1:26-56 NKJV Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
  57. 57. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z3YF9OJ4Vfs/UWb4JZR2WaI/AAAAAAAAAxs/jgEoAySoVO4/s1600/Mary+%2526+Gabriel.jpg
  58. 58. The Annunciation took place at Nazareth. http://www.lifeofchrist.com/history/maps/pics/birth.gif
  59. 59. LUKE 1:27 NKJV 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
  60. 60. It is very possible that both Joseph and Mary were quite young when they were betrothed. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4739562052387591&pid=1.7
  61. 61. Girls were often betrothed as young as twelve years old, and boys when they were several years older than that.
  62. 62. A Hebrew marriage involved two stages, the kiddushin (betrothal, sanctification or dedication) and the huppah (ceremony under the canopy).
  63. 63. Huppah http://image001.mywedding.com/10/208/10208401_475.jpg?0
  64. 64. The betrothal prohibited the woman to all other men and was so binding that it required a religious divorce (Get) to dissolve the relationship.
  65. 65. During the betrothal the man and woman were considered legally married, even though the marriage ceremony (huppah) and consummation often did not occur until as much as a year later.
  66. 66. The betrothal period served as a time of probation and testing of fidelity.
  67. 67. During that period the bride and groom usually had little, if any, social contact with each other.
  68. 68. When a young Hebrew man and woman were to be betrothed, the groom poured wine into his cup and invited the woman to drink of it.
  69. 69. http://hethathasanear.com/images/marriage.jpg
  70. 70. It was up to her. If she drank from it, she was considered betrothed to him. If she did not, no marriage would take place.
  71. 71. Paul tells the church in II Corinthians 11:2 2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one Husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. II Corinthians 11:2
  72. 72. When the bride drank of the cup, she drank of the marriage covenant or contract, accepting it.
  73. 73. It is no wonder what Jesus tells His disciples in Matthew 26:27-28 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lIako-gmfB0/Ta7eDFQ9AkI/AAAAAAAABeI/v1F_vfAj6iU/s1600/jesus+passover.jpg
  74. 74. Matthew 26:27-28 NKJV 27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
  75. 75. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:27-28 NKJV
  76. 76. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GiThAMcSOFw/TlUg-i88gaI/AAAAAAAAATA/7RNbzVOYKcg/s1600/Passover+wine.jpg
  77. 77. As we drink of His cup, we accept His invitation to be betrothed to Him and to be forgiven of our sins so we can be like He is—sinless, spotless, and without fault in His
  78. 78. presence at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. http://zionsgate.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/marriage-supper-of-the-lamb.jpg
  79. 79. Yet it means far more! “Drinking the cup" means to accept whatever that cup represents.
  80. 80. The drinking of the cup is similar (but more binding) to the part in our marriage ceremonies when we vow “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse,
  81. 81. for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Money/Pix/pictures/2009/8/24/1251118125012/sick-day-couple-in-bed-001.jpg
  82. 82. to love and to cherish, till death us do part https://02varvara.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/00d-love-05-12-till-death-do-us-part.jpg
  83. 83. When the mother of James and John approached Jesus with her request to have her sons sit on each side of Jesus when He came into His Kingdom, Jesus replied with a question:
  84. 84. Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask. Are you [James and John] able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be
  85. 85. baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." Matthew 20:22
  86. 86. They did not take the cue from Jesus that they may have to drink more than they cared to swallow!
  87. 87. They answer affirmatively before they realized what Christ's cup contained. Jesus continues: Matthew 20:23 So He said to them, "You will indeed drink My cup,
  88. 88. and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on my right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.“ Matthew 20:23
  89. 89. What happened to them? James the son of Zebedee was the first apostle martyred, beheaded early on by Herod (Acts 12:2).
  90. 90. The apostle James https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/c0.0.142.142/74392_104560872945522_7018296_a.jpg
  91. 91. Though John was the longest-lived of the twelve, apparently living nearly 100 years, he certainly suffered greatly at the hands of persecutors.
  92. 92. Not only did he spend many years in exile on the Isle of Patmos, one tradition says he miraculously survived being boiled in oil!
  93. 93. The apostle John http://www.theweddingfeasts.com/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/apostle-John.Book-of-Revelation.jpg
  94. 94. Beyond this, he had to watch the church disintegrate through apostasy and persecution. Part of what Jesus' cup entails is suffering.
  95. 95. When we drink of His cup, we are saying we are willing to suffer with Him and experience with Him whatever He ordains for us. (Philippians 3:10)
  96. 96. Philippians 3:10 NKJV 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
  97. 97. We symbolically pledge that we are willing to walk down the same path He walked, with similar consequences.
  98. 98. We do not just drink the wine at the Lord’s Supper—we drink "of the cup" of Communion, we are proclaiming our willingness to share in similar trials as Jesus did.
  99. 99. We are willing to endure whatever He has appointed for us as our lot. http://mudpreacher.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/communion-with-jesus-hands.png?w=241&h=300
  100. 100. We are also identifying ourselves with Him exclusively. We are cupbearers to the King of kings and to Him only.
  101. 101. Psalm 16:5 NKJV O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.
  102. 102. Do we grasp the meaning of this? We cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). We cannot simultaneously identify with Christ and Satan.
  103. 103. Our lives, our actions, our words, our thoughts, continuously announce which one is our father, God in Heaven or Satan.
  104. 104. Drinking of Jesus' cup means to live His way of life and renounce Satan's ways. Are we drinking of the Master's Cup?
  105. 105. Mary did drink of Joseph’s cup and was engaged to him. Both of them had come from the line of David.
  106. 106. http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/382/170/382170609_640.jpg
  107. 107. LUKE 1:28 NKJV 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
  108. 108. Mary is blessed among women but not above women. http://historyswomen.com/images/mary.jpg
  109. 109. Mary is not lifted above women; but she lifted up womanhood. This is the role she played.
  110. 110. It is so easy to say that a woman (Eve) brought sin into the world, but remember, it was also a woman (Mary), and not a man, who brought the Savior into the world.
  111. 111. *Gabriel's greeting is literally, "Grace, you who are highly graced!" *Although she was a godly woman, it was God's grace, not Mary's character, that made her God's choice.
  112. 112. The phrase "highly favored" is used of all God's people in Eph 1:6 ("which He freely bestowed on us" [NASB]).
  113. 113. Ephesians 1:4-6 NKJV 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
  114. 114. 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
  115. 115. 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved (that He highly favored us in the Beloved). Ephesians 1:4-6 NKJV
  116. 116. LUKE 1:29 NKJV 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
  117. 117. It is understandable that Mary was troubled at the sayings of the angel. When the supernatural touches the natural, it can certainly create fear.
  118. 118. Mary "cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be." http://beckydvorak.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/shining-cloud-of-glory.jpg
  119. 119. LUKE 1:30-33 NKJV 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
  120. 120. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
  121. 121. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
  122. 122. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” LUKE 1:31-33 NKJV
  123. 123. This is plain language. There is no way of misinterpreting it. This passage is quite literal.
  124. 124. Those folks who deny the virgin birth also do not believe that the Lord is literally going to sit on the throne of His father David.
  125. 125. http://thegloriousbattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/millennium.jpg
  126. 126. *Apparently it was understood that what Luke is writing about is literal. *The virgin's womb is literal, and the throne of David is literal.
  127. 127. He shall literally reign over the house of Jacob, and of His Kingdom there shall be no end. That Kingdom is also a reality.
  128. 128. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gAMJnGMd02g/R3AsRFeYlAI/AAAAAAAABRo/r91A_uR8t1w/s400/KIng+Jesus.jpg
  129. 129. The coming of the Son of God to earth involved not only our personal salvation but also the fulfilling of God's promises to His people Israel (vv. 32-33).
  130. 130. To "spiritualize" these promises is to rob the Jews of what God promised them (2 Sam 7; Isa 9:6-7; Jeremiah 33:1418).
  131. 131. If the angel's words in vv. 30-31 are to be taken literally, so should his words in vv. 32-33.
  132. 132. LUKE 1:34 NKJV 34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
  133. 133. Unlike Zacharias, Mary had faith that God would do what He promised. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4864017330603935&pid=1.7
  134. 134. The virgin birth is a miracle of God that brought the eternal Son of God into the world without any taint of sin in His human nature (v. 35; 2 Cor 5:21; 1Peter2:22;Heb).
  135. 135. *Mary was the first one to question the virgin birth. She said, "How can it be?" *This is still a good question. Dr. Luke quotes the angel Gabriel and gives us the answer.
  136. 136. LUKE 1:35 NKJV 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow
  137. 137. you; therefore, also, that Holy One Who is to be born will be called the Son of God. LUKE 1:35 NKJV
  138. 138. Have you ever felt like the Holy Spirit was upon you? http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4509966012778623&w=220&h=188&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7
  139. 139. Have you ever felt that the Holy Spirit was so heavy upon you that you felt overshadowed – like the Spirit was all over you?
  140. 140. An awesome feeling – being so overshadowed by the Holy Spirit that you felt soaked in the Spirit - drenched in His presence – completely surrounded by Him.
  141. 141. When you pray – when you read the Bible – when you worship – don’t be in such a hurry – don’t come with an agenda – allow time for the Holy Spirit to speak to your spirit.
  142. 142. We should be still and listen! http://www.fuentesevangelism.com/holy-spirit-by-power5.jpg
  143. 143. The verb for “overshadow” speaks of the direct, personal presence of God. http://dephnevictorious.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/arch_of_covenant_glory_of_god1.jpg
  144. 144. The word overshadow means "to cover with a cloud," like the cloud of Shekinah glory (Exodus 16:10; 19:9; 24:16; 34:5; 40:34)
  145. 145. http://www.gloryofgod.us/tabernaclesunset.jpg
  146. 146. or the cloud of the transfiguration (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:34). http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_dNIXAAtvEOc/TS-w6P6qmMI/AAAAAAAAAFs/iFu8h1pzgg0/s1600/Transfiguration+3.jpg
  147. 147. The verb form is used in all three accounts of the Transfiguration to describe the cloud that enveloped Jesus, Moses and Elijah (and Peter, James and John) on the
  148. 148. mountain. (Overshadow!) http://valtorta.org/images/Carl_Heinrich_Bloch_The_Transfiguration.jpg
  149. 149. From that cloud came a voice saying, “This is My Son,” even as Gabriel told Mary, “The holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”
  150. 150. The virgin birth was God’s way of announcing to the world that Jesus was indeed His Son. http://www.revelation2seven.org/UsedImages/amarvel.gif
  151. 151. Through the virgin birth, the Son of God entered the human race, taking upon Himself all aspects of true humanity, yet remaining sinless, and without surrendering any aspect of His deity.
  152. 152. What role did the Holy Spirit play in this?
  153. 153. Dr. Ray Pritchard says that through some means unknown to us, during the “overshadowing” He created within the womb of Mary the unborn (yet fully human and fully divine) Person of Jesus Christ.
  154. 154. The virgin birth is the only way God could get that "holy thing" into the human family.
  155. 155. The union of man and woman can only produce a child with a sin nature.
  156. 156. We are told in the Book of Leviticus that the birth of a child caused a woman to be unclean because she brought a sinner into the world.
  157. 157. *In Psalm 51:5 David said, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” *No man had anything to do with the birth of Jesus Christ.
  158. 158. *Mary is told that she is not bringing a sinner into the world but that this Child is holy. *Mary's Son would be different, He would be virgin born!
  159. 159. http://www.adweek.com/files/adfreak/6a00d8341c51c053ef0148c6acb956970c-450wi
  160. 160. Unlike when Jesus was born, when we were born again, we had to be adopted into God’s family. http://makashadorsey.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/adopted-by-god-p1.png
  161. 161. Like Mary, we are highly favored and blessed. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/18/96/ec/1896ec0877041db6c2938e8933df23ca.jpg
  162. 162. LUKE 1:36-37 NKJV 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.
  163. 163. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” LUKE 1:36-37 NKJV
  164. 164. http://rainyday20055.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/nothing-is-impossible-with-god.jpeg
  165. 165. *The birth of John the Baptist is also miraculous, but it is not a virgin birth. *The statement of the angel, "For with God nothing shall be impossible," is a good one
  166. 166. and something we need to hold onto during these days. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZpLCaNG9ERw/TwQHgFgD57I/AAAAAAAAYAA/XO6-lN4b4lk/s1600/withGod.jpg
  167. 167. There are folk who have taken this statement and twisted and distorted its meaning (prosperity gospel preachers, name it and claim it).
  168. 168. There is nothing impossible with God when He has determined to do it, but He will not necessarily do the impossible we ask of Him. (Ask in His name)
  169. 169. Many people use this verse as a cliché to cover up the fact that they want their own selfish desires.
  170. 170. Nothing is impossible with God, but there is a great deal that is impossible with you and me.
  171. 171. When a man says, "Nothing is impossible with God" and fails at some task he claims the Lord gave him to do, it causes unbelievers to ridicule God. (belittle)
  172. 172. Anything God determines to do He can accomplish, because there is nothing impossible with God.
  173. 173. But that does not mean He will do everything believers want Him to do, because some things are not included in His plan.
  174. 174. Let us put everything in proper perspective before we do a lot of talking that will hurt and harm the cause of Jesus Christ rather than help it. (Magnify the Lord!)
  175. 175. http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu289/PublicPics21/WithGodQuote.jpg
  176. 176. LUKE 1:38 NKJV 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
  177. 177. http://julieamarxhausen.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/mary-is-visited-by-the-angel-gabriel2.jpg
  178. 178. *This verse reveals Mary's free will submission to the will of God. *Mary's submission is a very lovely thing. *"Whatever God says, I accept."
  179. 179. Mary had learned to forget the world's most common prayer— "Thy will be changed"— and prayed the world's greatest prayer— "Thy will be done."
  180. 180. Mary yielded herself to the Holy Spirit (“present your bodies as a living, holy sacrifice” Rom 12:1) knowing full well that she would experience shame and misunderstanding.
  181. 181. When Mary told the angel, "Be it unto me according to thy word“, at that very moment a cloud came over her life, and that cloud was there until the Lord Jesus Christ came back from the dead.
  182. 182. The resurrection of Christ proves His virgin birth. It was questioned until then.
  183. 183. *You cannot deny the virgin birth and believe the Resurrection, or vice versa. *The virgin birth and the Resurrection go together; they stand or fall together.
  184. 184. LUKE 1:39-40 NKJV Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah,
  185. 185. 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. LUKE 1:39-40 NKJV
  186. 186. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4882146363509221&pid=1.7
  187. 187. Zacharias and Elizabeth lived in one of the priestly cities (Joshua 21), so Mary had to make a journey to get there. http://www.mormonchannel.org/sites/default/files/SS-NT-02-01.jpg
  188. 188. When she arrived and greeted Elizabeth, wonderful things began to happen.
  189. 189. LUKE 1:41 NKJV 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
  190. 190. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ldzclimc8v1qdp53oo1_500.jpg
  191. 191. LUKE 1:42 NKJV 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
  192. 192. *This begins the first song given to us in Luke's Gospel, and it is lovely. *Dr. Luke was the poet who gives us all the songs of Christmas; this one comes from Elisabeth.
  193. 193. This is a lyrical song on the blessedness of Mary. Nowhere can we better see the paradox of blessedness than in Mary’s life.
  194. 194. *To Mary was granted the blessedness of being the mother of the Son of God. *Well might her heart be filled with a wondering, tremulous joy at so great a privilege.
  195. 195. Yet that very blessedness was to be a sword to pierce her heart. http://eborg2.com/BibleNT/42-Luke/SwordHeart.jpg
  196. 196. It meant that some day she would see her son hanging on a cross. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c9/b9/ea/c9b9ea1de9c37feeebaae5d1d271edd7.jpg
  197. 197. To be chosen by God so often means at one and the same time a crown of joy and cross of sorrow. http://biblicalproof.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/it-takes-a-crown-of-thorns.jpg
  198. 198. The piercing truth is that God does not choose a person for ease and comfort and selfish joy but for a task that will take all that head and heart and hand can bring to it.
  199. 199. God chooses a man in order to use him. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Vhw4SzNlC9A/TvFA2gv5czI/AAAAAAAABGw/XkEsF0er_As/s1600/pieta4.jpg
  200. 200. When that is realized, the sorrows and hardships that serving God may bring are not matters for lamentation; they are our glory, for all is suffered for God.
  201. 201. A great Spanish saint prayed for his people, "May God deny you peace and give you glory."
  202. 202. A great modern preacher said, "Jesus Christ came not to make life easy but to make men great."
  203. 203. It is the paradox of blessedness that it confers on a person at one and the same time the greatest joy and the greatest task in all the world.
  204. 204. Hebrews 12:1b-2 NKJV 1b let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
  205. 205. 2 looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right
  206. 206. hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2 NKJV http://www.chick.com/catalog/videos/images/thumbnails/01.gif
  207. 207. LUKE 1:43 NKJV 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
  208. 208. *Note that Elizabeth called Mary "the mother of my Lord," which is a proper title. *It was Mary's faith that was extolled most of all (v. 45).
  209. 209. LUKE 1:44 NKJV 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
  210. 210. http://www.lds.org/bc/content/bible-videos/videos/mary-and-elisabeth-rejoice-together/images/elisabeth-300.jpg
  211. 211. Elizabeth gave praise to God for what He had done for Mary, and the unborn John the Baptist leaped for joy in his mother's womb (see John 3:29-30).
  212. 212. LUKE 1:45 NKJV 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
  213. 213. *Little is said in Scripture about Elisabeth. *She sang the first song of the New Testament, and when you have a soloist like this, you should not ignore her.
  214. 214. She is a remarkable person. She had faith while her husband Zacharias did not.
  215. 215. *He was struck dumb because of his unbelief, but Elisabeth was not. *She believed God. *Now she as an old woman encourages the young woman, Mary.
  216. 216. Elisabeth had walked with God for many years, and she assures Mary that there would be a performance of those things which had been revealed to her.
  217. 217. Mary needed the encouragement that Elisabeth could give. http://ec.aciprensa.com/newwiki/images/4/4d/Champaigne_visitation.jpg
  218. 218. http://www.maristes-france.org/spip301/IMG/jpg_magnificat_image.jpg
  219. 219. Now Mary sings a song. This is known as the Magnificat. This song teaches us several interesting things.
  220. 220. Mary tells us in her song that she needed a Savior and that she rejoiced in Him. We also need to call her blessed.
  221. 221. *Mary is a wonderful person, and it was no accident that she was chosen by God. *It was His definite decision, and God makes no mistakes.
  222. 222. It was her glorious privilege to be the mother of the Son of God, to bring Him into the world. Listen as Mary continues to sing her song:
  223. 223. The Song of Mary LUKE 1:46-56 NKJV http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-S6z1yUF3PRk/Tzv_MLzadfI/AAAAAAAACH8/Pwmwq669nTs/s1600/magnificat.jpg
  224. 224. Mary's song of praise is called "The Magnificent" (from the Latin word for "magnify").
  225. 225. Mary knew the Scriptures, for there are at least fifteen OT quotations or allusions in her song. (See 1 Samuel 2:1-10)
  226. 226. Mary praises God and eight times tells us what God has done ("He has . . . " NKJV).
  227. 227. Note that Mary acknowledged God as her Savior (v. 47), which indicates that she had trusted the Lord for her own salvation.
  228. 228. She praised God for what He did for her (46-49), for all who fear Him (50-53), and for His people Israel (54-55).
  229. 229. Mary took God's promises to Israel literally and did not explain them away.
  230. 230. LUKE 1:46-48a NKJV The Song of Mary 46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
  231. 231. 48a For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; LUKE 1:46-48a NKJV
  232. 232. Psalm 66:18 NKJV 18 If I regard (pay special attention to) iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
  233. 233. LUKE 1:48-56 NKJV 48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
  234. 234. 49 For He Who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.
  235. 235. 50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.
  236. 236. 51 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
  237. 237. 52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty.
  238. 238. 54 He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy,
  239. 239. 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
  240. 240. 56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house. LUKE 1:46-56 NKJV
  241. 241. Here we have a passage which has become one of the great hymns of the church—the Magnificat.
  242. 242. It is saturated with the Old Testament; and is specially kin to Hannah's song of praise in 1 Sam 2:1-10.
  243. 243. It has been said that religion is the opiate of the people; but, as Stanley Jones said, "the Magnificat is the most revolutionary document in the world."
  244. 244. It speaks of three of the revolutions of God. (i) He scatters the proud in the plans of their hearts. That is a moral revolution. Christianity is the death of pride. Why?
  245. 245. Because if a man sets his life beside that of Christ it tears the last vestiges of pride from him.
  246. 246. *Sometimes something happens to a man which with a vivid, revealing light shames him. *O. Henry has a short story about a lad who was brought up in a village.
  247. 247. *In school he used to sit beside a girl and they were fond of each other. *He went to the city and fell into evil ways. *He became a pickpocket and a petty thief.
  248. 248. *One day he snatched an old lady's purse. *It was clever work and he was pleased. *And then he saw coming down the street the girl whom he used to know,
  249. 249. still sweet with the radiance of innocence. *Suddenly he saw himself for the cheap, vile thing he really was.
  250. 250. *Burning with shame, he leaned his head against the cool iron of a lamp standard. "God," he said, "I wish I could die." *He saw himself.
  251. 251. *Christ enables a man to see himself. *It is the deathblow to pride. The moral revolution has begun.
  252. 252. (ii) He casts down the mighty—he exalts the humble. That is a social revolution. *Christianity puts an end to the world's labels and prestige.
  253. 253. *Muretus was a poor, wandering scholar of the middle ages. *In an Italian town he took ill and was taken to a hospital for waifs and strays.
  254. 254. *The doctors were discussing his case in Latin, never dreaming he could understand.
  255. 255. *They suggested that since he was such a worthless wanderer they might use him for medical experiments.
  256. 256. *He looked up and answered them in their own learned tongue, "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"
  257. 257. *When we have realized what Christ did for all men, it is no longer possible to speak about a common man. *The social grades are gone.
  258. 258. (iii) He has filled those who are hungry... those who are rich he has sent empty away. That is an economic revolution.
  259. 259. A non-Christian society is an acquisitive society where each man is out to amass as much as he can get.
  260. 260. A Christian society is a society where no man dares to have too much while others have too little, where every man must get only to give away.
  261. 261. There is loveliness in the Magnificat but in that loveliness there is dynamite.
  262. 262. Christianity begets a revolution in each man and revolution in the world.
  263. 263. http://www.turnbacktogod.com/wp-conten/uploads/2011/12/Do-I-have-a-Magnificat.jpg
  264. 264. LUKE 2:1 NKJV 1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
  265. 265. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/eb/Statue-Augustus.jpg
  266. 266. That Jesus would be born in Bethlehem was ordained by God long before Caesar Augustus made his decree (Micah 5:2; Acts 15:18).
  267. 267. http://www.emptytombchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/post_bethlehem.jpg
  268. 268. http://bibleatlas.org/region/bethlehem.jpg
  269. 269. LUKE 2:2 NKJV 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
  270. 270. In the Roman Empire periodical censuses were taken with the double object of assessing taxation and of discovering those who were liable for compulsory military service.
  271. 271. The Jews were exempt from military service, and, therefore, in Palestine a census would be predominantly for taxation purposes.
  272. 272. Such censuses were taken every fourteen years.
  273. 273. In the phrase, "all the world should be taxed“, the Greek word for world, oikoumene, means "inhabited earth" and referred to the civilized world of that day.
  274. 274. Caesar Augustus was the adopted son of Julius Caesar. Actually his name was Octavianus and he took the name Caesar.
  275. 275. The name Augustus was not a name at all but a title.
  276. 276. When the senate submitted to him certain titles like king, emperor, and dictator, he was not satisfied. Instead he chose the title Augustus.
  277. 277. It had religious significance, it was an attempt to deify himself. It was no accident that Dr. Luke mentioned the name of Caesar Augustus.
  278. 278. *This man signed a tax bill that the whole world (of that day) be taxed. *He needed money to raise an army to control his vast empire and to live in luxury himself.
  279. 279. Notice Luke's historical reference that this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
  280. 280. LUKE 2:3-5 NKJV 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
  281. 281. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and
  282. 282. lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. LUKE 2:3-5 NKJV
  283. 283. Joseph and Mary came out of Nazareth in Galilee and went into Judea to Bethlehem, the city of David.
  284. 284. *Joseph did this because he was of the house and lineage of David. *Why did Mary have to go to Bethlehem? *She also was of the lineage of David.
  285. 285. Caesar Augustus attempted to make himself a god. He wanted to be worshiped.
  286. 286. He signed a tax bill which caused a woman and man, peasants, living in Nazareth, to journey to Bethlehem to enroll.
  287. 287. The woman was carrying in her womb the Son of God!
  288. 288. This Caesar Augustus tried to make himself God, but nobody today reverences him or pays taxes to him.
  289. 289. *But that little baby in Mary's womb -- many of us worship Him today and call Him our Savior. *Caesar Augustus was merely the tool in God's hand to bring to pass the
  290. 290. prophecy, "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in
  291. 291. Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2). This is a remarkable account.
  292. 292. Everything that happened was arranged by God.
  293. 293. If anyone had said to Caesar, "Wait a minute; women about to give birth are going to have to be moved in order for you to get your taxes," I think he would have replied,
  294. 294. "I do not care about babies or their mothers; I am only interested in taxes, armies, money and luxury." *That is all gone now, including Caesar & Nero.
  295. 295. The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem was 80 miles. The accommodation for travelers was most primitive.
  296. 296. The eastern khan was like a series of stalls opening off a common courtyard.
  297. 297. Travelers brought their own food; all that the innkeeper provided was fodder for the animals and a fire to cook.
  298. 298. The town was crowded and there was no room for Joseph and Mary. So it was in the common courtyard that Mary's child was born.
  299. 299. The difficult three-day journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem may have taken longer because of Mary's condition.
  300. 300. LUKE 2:6-7 NKJV 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
  301. 301. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
  302. 302. Dr. Luke gets right down to the little human details in this passage.
  303. 303. He is saying that Mary put swaddling clothes on this little child -- baby clothes and diapers on the Son of God!
  304. 304. How perfectly human He was -- God manifest in the flesh!
  305. 305. Swaddling clothes consisted of a square of cloth with a long bandage-like strip coming diagonally off from one corner.
  306. 306. The child was first wrapped in the square of cloth and then the long strip was wound round and round about him.
  307. 307. The word translated "manger" means a place where animals feed; and therefore it can be either the stable or the manger which is meant.
  308. 308. *That there was no room in the inn was symbolic of what was to happen to Jesus. *The only place where there was room for him was on a cross.
  309. 309. He sought an entry to the over-crowded hearts of men; He could not find it; and still his search—and His rejection—go on.
  310. 310. Some preachers and some people who present Christmas pageants like to condemn the innkeeper because he did not give Mary a decent place to give birth to her Baby, but the Bible is silent about the matter.
  311. 311. “Inn" was probably a typical Eastern "caravansary," a two-story structure (the lower level was for animals) built around a courtyard where travelers could camp.
  312. 312. Jesus must have been born in one of the cattle stalls; the feeding trough was His bed. Phil 2:1-11 and 2 Corinthians 8:9.
  313. 313. What’s the number one thing?
  314. 314. The glory of God! http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4612040156710431&pid=1.7

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