Sunday, December 24, 2023

The Wonder of Christ's Conception - Nathan Rages

Luke 1:26-38 describes Mary's surprise encounter with the angel Gabriel in which she is told that she will supernaturally conceive baby Jesus.  

Three things stand out in the story:
1. Mary’s godly character.
    Composure, thoughtfulness, purity, faith, submission, and courage. 
2. Jesus’ humble greatness.
    Humble in: place, family, wealth, conception circumstances.
    “He will be great … Son of the Most High … His kingdom will have no end”
3. Incarnation’s mysterious glory.
    “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”

The Virgin Birth is essential for our salvation:
1. To fulfill prophecy. 
2. To avoid Original Sin. 
3. To provide a Mediator.

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