Summary: This first message in our Advent 2009 Series, explores Gabriel’s announcement to Mary in Luke 1.
The Sending of the Savior â€¢ Luke 1:26-28 â€¢ Advent Week 1
KEY THOUGHT: Often times God interrupts the ORDINARY to do the EXTRAORDINARY.
I. The APPEARANCE of the Angel (vv 26-27)
God commissions the angel Gabriel. apo tou qeou â€“ sent from Godâ€™s dwelling
A) Gabriel appears in an UNEXPECTED PLACE. City = polis = town, village
In Galilean region, 45 to 85 miles North of Jerusalem. 30mi wide, contains borders of Sea of Galilee just North of Samaria. Region is mentioned bc Nazareth was so small. Lukeâ€™s readers would most likely would not have known even its general location.
B) Gabriel appears to an UNLIKELY PERSON.
First, she is a virgin parqenon = her chastity. Confirmed in 1:34 where she confesses her lack of experience. MT 1:23. Second, Mary is engaged to Joseph (MT 1:18). Phrase of Betrothal DEUT. 22:23 refers to the 1st stage of a 2-stage Jewish marriage process. Initial stage involves formal witnessed agreement to marryâ€¦ financial exchange of a Bride price (MAL 2:14). At this point, bride legally belongs to the groom and is referred to as his wife. ~ 1 yr later, marriage ceremony occurs and husband takes his wife home.
II. The ANNOUNCEMENT of Messiahâ€™s Birth (vv 28-37)
A) It is an announcement of GRACE.
Gabrielâ€™s greeting is a beautiful one and he uses two alliterative terms in the Greek emphasizing graceâ€¦
1) Kaire = vocative = Hebrew expression "shalom"
2) Mary called â€œthe favored oneâ€â€¦ caritwmen = Gabriel reveals that Mary is a recipient of Godâ€™s grace â€“ context could not mean she is a bestower of grace. She is the object of Godâ€™s favor. Gabriel says, â€œThe Lord is with youâ€¦â€
B) It is an announcement of HIS GREATNESS.
Gabriel declares that â€œHe will be greatâ€¦â€ (32a)
May have never heard of Nazarethâ€¦ young girl may be poor & obscureâ€¦ but donâ€™t judge by human outward appearances. BC this son is going to be great. (LK 9:48)
Gabriel also declares that â€œHe will be called Son of the Most Highâ€ (32b)
Most High = God (35) (see Luke 8:28)
Phrase used in various ways throughout Scripture (Job 1:6; Psalm 29:1; Rom 8:14; Luke 6:35)â€¦ Key to interpretation & translation is to utilize the contextâ€¦ the closest sentences at hand to understand what the writer is communicating. So in Luke 1 we find 2 things: 1) OT analogy to Jesusâ€™ sonship @) his sonship Is unique to all the world.
C) It is an announcement of THE POWER OF GOD.
2 Samuel 7:12-16. Fulfilled by Jesus.
The way God chose to reveal the character of Christ was through the virgin birth. Mary & Joseph had no sexual relations until after Jesus was born. MT 1:25. In a recent survey, did you know that 79% of Americans believe in the virgin birth, & even more suprising, 27% of self-proclaimed non-Christians affirm the virgin birth.
The virgin birth of Christ isnâ€™t a myth nor merely a random fact from the Gospels. It is a witness of the power of God!
3 Reasons Why the Virgin Birth
1) The virgin birth highlights the supernatural. (supernatural conception & birthâ€¦ supernatural resurrection & ascension to the right hand of God the Father.