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The Announcement of Jesus Christ

December 13, 2020

Sunday Sermon

The Announcement of Jesus Christ

Luke 1:26 – 33


Announcement: to bring to public attention; to give news of the arrival; to give first public notice of; to publish; to proclaim; to broadcast.

The angel Gabriel brought the tidings to earth. He came down twice: once to see a man, once to see a woman; once to see a priest, once to visit a peasant; once to call upon a very old man, once to call upon a very young virgin. The man doubted, the woman burst into a song (known as the Magnificat). And what raise that song? The announcement! The news that she, of all the women who had ever lived, was to be the mother of God’s eternal Son made flesh. In the announcement, the angel Gabriel proclaimed both comings of Christ. Mary could not see the wide centuries that divided the two halves of the announcement. We can


I.

Christ’s Coming to Redeem

V. 31 – 32



a. The importance of that advent (1:31)

(1) The miracle of it (“Thou shalt conceive”)


(2) The meaning of it (“Call his name Jesus”) Savior: He will save. The Hebrew form is Joshua, meaning Jehovah is salvation or He is the Savior. The idea is that of deliverance.



b. The impact of that advent (1:32a)

(1) The unmatched fame to be His (“He shall be great”)

(2) The unmatched claim to be His (“Called the Son of the Highest) The angel was telling Mary that her son would be equal to the Most High God. Jesus will be a carbon copy of His Father, bearing the divine nature.


II.

Christ’s Coming to Reign

V. 32 – 33


a. By divine right (1:32b)

Jesus will be the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises of the coming Son of David---the Messiah, who will rule forever (2 Sam. 7:12-16).

(The throne of his father David”) Jesus was David's physical

descendant through Mary's line. David's throne was symbolic

of the messianic kingdom


b. In dynamic might (1:33)

(1) The center of His Kingdom (“The house of Jacob)

This emphasizes both the Jewish character of the millennial and the eternal permanence of Christ’s rule over all.


(2) The circumference of His Kingdom (“of his kingdom… no end”)


KEEP CHRIST FIRST IN CHRISTMAS


IT IS HIS BIRTHDAY


REMEMBER THE ANNOUNCEMENT


JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON


Responsive Reading: Luke 1:26-38





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