Summary: Hopelessness is a weapon the enemy uses effectively. It is when you come to that place where you have totally given up and you feel you can do no more - that even God or those you depended on have failed you. But this Christmas you can hope again.
YOUR BABY SHALL LEAP AGAIN
LUKE 1:5-44 5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. 8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, ¡§Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 18 And Zacharias said to the angel, ¡§How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.¡¨ 19 And the angel answered and said to him, ¡§I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. 20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.¡¨ 24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 25 ¡§Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.¡¨ 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin¡¦s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, ¡§Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!¡¨ 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 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. 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 overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 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. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.¡¨ 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. 39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 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. 44 Then Elizabeth Said, For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
INTRODUCTION: YOUR BABY SHALL LEAP AGAIN
The Gospel Of Luke Is Unique ¡V written by a Gentile. As a Gentile, he saw things from a much wider perspective and could have chosen to distort the truth. But he did not. Why? Luke is a historian who intends to set in order the narratives pertaining to Jesus Christ (Luke 1:1-5, Acts 1:1). Luke¡¥s work shows the marks of a hard working scholar who has considered and recorded the facts tediously and spiritually. He is also a doctor (Colossians 4:14) - a well-read and educated man, with the analytical skills to present a well-researched account of the life of Jesus. He records many of the healing miracles of Jesus. Luke is also a traveler (Acts 16:10-13) - accompanied Paul on many trips. He is an evangelist - Gospel of Luke emphasizes that Jesus brought us good news. Some Parables unique to Luke: The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son, The Rich Man & Lazarus, The Persistent Widow, The Pharisee & Tax Collector, Etc.