Summary: Three reasons Christ’s birth should cause us to praise.
The Birth of Christ
Woodlawn Baptist Church
November 13, 2005
Read Luke 1:26-38.
In our last message from Luke 1, I told you that when God invades our lives, He alone chooses the time He will do a thing, the people He through whom He will work, the methods He will use to accomplish His will, and He chooses the purpose for which He will invade our lives. Certainly all of those things are true of our passage today. When God invaded the lives of Mary and Joseph, He did so in an extraordinary way for an extraordinary purpose – to announce the birth of Christ!
The birth of Christ is certainly one of the greatest events in all of history. During our time together this morning I want to give you some reasons you ought to rejoice and praise God concerning what He did then and for what He promised to do in the future. The birth of Christ was an invasion on mankind that should result in spontaneous praise to the Lord of heaven! Here is God fulfilling His promise of a Savior and demonstrating His great love for fallen man! He could have left us in our sin. He could have turned His back on us forever. “But God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…!” However, the announcement God gave Mary should result in more than a response of praise. The announcement did not only concern Christ’s first coming; it also looks ahead to His second coming. So while our passage should result in praise and adoration to God, it should also cause us to be prepared for the Savior’s return.
Christ’s Birth Was Obscure In It’s Origin
Of all the places God could have chosen for an event like this to take place, Nazareth was an unlikely choice. Located about 60 miles north of Jerusalem, Nazareth was a little hick town out in the middle of nowhere. Remember that the people would ask in astonishment, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Surely not! Why not Jerusalem, the center of the Jewish world?
Not only did God choose to give the news in an obscure village, He chose an obscure girl. Verse 27 says that Gabriel came to a virgin by the name of Mary who had been formally engaged to Joseph. Who was Mary? Was she rich and famous? Was she the daughter of kings or queens? She was none of this! She was just a teenage girl who was quietly living out her life, who had expected to marry this common carpenter and enjoy her life in Nazareth.
While Mary may have been obscure humanly speaking, obviously she was not obscure in the eyes of God. Verse 28 says that she was highly favored. Favored is the word for grace. In other words, God bestowed His grace on Mary. He thought very highly of her. I’m reminded of Noah. Remember that Noah found grace in the eyes of God, and here Mary found grace in God’s eyes as well. This has nothing to do with her salvation – but it does indicate that God was very fond of this girl.
I think its worth noting that while Mary should never be elevated so highly as Catholicism has lifted her, don’t overlook the fact that of all the millions of women ever born into humanity, she alone was chosen to be the mother of our Savior. You cannot deny the high honor of her human position, but the honor belongs to God – He chose her! Gabriel went on to say that God was with her and that she was blessed among women.