LUKE 1

16 Outlines

 

Luke 1:1-4 etc.

LUKE: THE MAN BEHIND THE MESSAGE

 

I want you to meet a man. A man so humble that he never mentions himself by name in his writings. When he is present as an eyewitness at an event he writes about "we" and "us" instead of "I" and "me". This man we only know of as a companion to the Apostle Paul, as an author, and as "the beloved physician."

 

This man wrote 2 books of the New Testament, his gospel and the Book of Acts. In writing these, he gave us about 28% of the content of the New Testament. This man God used by His Holy Spirit to communicate love and devotion for Jesus Christ.

 

The man that I am referring to is Luke who wrote the Gospel according to Luke. Who was this man? We do not know a lot about him.

We do know that he was Gentile, not a Jew.

We do know that he was a doctor by profession.

We do know that he was a traveling companion of the Apostle Paul.

As far as we know, he never saw Jesus personally during Jesus' life on earth.

 

There are not many references to Luke in the New Testament. In fact, in only three cases is Luke mentioned by name.  He was an eyewitness to many events found in the Book of Acts. You can tell that he was present when he refers to "we" and "us".

 

Although the content about Luke is limited, we can find out some very important things about the character of this man. These are important things worth duplicating in our own lives.

 

HIS DEPENDABILITY - Luke 1:1-4

We can tell a lot about a person from their writings. In the introduction to Luke's Gospel, we find out something very important about Luke. He was dependable! You could count on Luke to do the job, and to do it right! You could also call this faithfulness.

 

Vss. 1-2 - Luke was saying "Others have written accounts of these things which we believe."  Perhaps Mark and Matthew had already written their Gospels. Perhaps other accounts that were not inspired were also written.

 

Vs. 3 - Luke decided to write because he had "perfect understanding" of what had taken place.

 

Vs. 4 - Luke's purpose was for Theophilus and all those who read his Gospel would know the certainty of what they had been taught about Christ.

 

Luke was saying, "You can depend on me to get my facts straight. You know that what you have been taught about Christ is true because I have given you an accurate account."

 

The fact that we read of Luke being so much with Paul in the Book of Acts is another indication that Luke was a dependable man. Every Christian is to be dependable. 1 Corinthians 4:2, 2 Timothy 4:2, Luke 16:10-11

 

HIS MINISTRY - Philemon 1:24

Just as Paul paid bills by being a tent maker, Luke could have paid his bills by being a doctor.

But being a doctor was a sideline for Luke.

In this passage Paul calls Luke a "fellow laborer". Just as Paul was a servant of Jesus Christ, so was Luke.

 

In Acts 16:9-13 it is evident that Luke also felt the call of God to preach in Macedonia and also helped to speak to the women by the river. Luke was not the principle speaker but a speaker nonetheless.

 

Paul never wrote a Gospel to our knowledge or a book of history of the early church. Luke did.

Luke never wrote a doctrinal epistle. Paul did that.  They were fellow laborers, each doing what God had called them to do. Being a fellow laborer does not mean that we do exactly what the other person is doing. It means that we do what God wants us to do, cooperating with others who are also serving the Lord.

 

HIS TESTIMONY - Colossians 4:14

Here is a one-word testimony to the character of Luke. He was beloved!

He had a good reputation among the saints. He was well thought of, well liked, deemed special by other believers.

How did Luke accomplish this? I feel it was a result of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23.

 

HIS LOYALTY - 2 Timothy 4:11

Paul was at the end of his life. He was in prison.

Nobody else was around to meet his needs except Luke.

It was Luke who was with Paul when he was shipwrecked.

It was Luke who stayed around as a dear friend.

It was Luke who was faithful to the end.

 

I realize the words loyal and dependable are close in their meanings.  When I think of dependability I think of being trusted with things. When I think of loyalty I think of being trusted with people.

 

 

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Luke 1:5-25

A SPECIAL PRIEST

 

Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist was:

 

A SEPARATED PRIEST – Vss. 5-6

A SAD PRIEST – Vs. 7

A SCARED PRIEST – Vss. 8-11

A SKEPTICAL PRIEST – Vss. 12-18

A SILENT PRIEST – Vss. 19-22

A SATISFIED PRIEST – Vss. 23-25

 

 

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Luke 1:5-25

ABOUT GOD'S WILL

 

GOD EXERCISES HIS WILL IN THE LIVES OF THE GODLY

Vss. 5-7

 

GOD EXPLAINS HIS WILL THROUGH HIS WORD Vss. 10-17

(Zacharias received the spoken word, we have received the written word.)

 

GOD EXPECTS THE GODLY TO BELIEVE HIM Vss. 18-25

 

 

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Luke 1:5-25

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT

 

When children are born into the family, we like to announce the arrival of the new family member.  Usually when a birth announcement is made, the child has already arrived.  In the case of John the Baptist, his birth was announced to his father.

 

A RIGHTEOUS COUPLE - Vss. 5-6

Zacharias and Elizabeth were godly people.

 

A REAL PROBLEM - Vs. 7

Although they were godly, Elizabeth was barren.

 

A REVEALING VISIT - Vss.8-17

Gabriel tells Zacharias about the birth and ministry of his son, John.

 

A RESTRICTING PRONOUNCEMENT - Vss. 18-20

Zacharias fails to believe what God has revealed to him. Therefore a judgment of silence was pronounced!

 

A REMARKABLE OCCURANCE - Vss. 21-25

Elizabeth conceived.

 

I wonder how many times we disappoint our Lord, when we fail to believe His promises in the Bible?

 

 

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Luke 1:5-25

BEFORE JESUS

 

BEFORE JESUS THERE WAS A RIGHTEOUS PAIR – Vss. 5-6

BEFORE JESUS THERE WAS An EMBARRASSING PROBLEM – Vs. 7

BEFORE JESUS THERE WAS A MARVELOUS PROMISE – Vss. 8-17

BEFORE JESUS THERE WAS A JUSTIFIED PENALTY – Vss. 18-22

BEFORE JESUS THERE WAS A MIRACULOUS PERFORMANCE – Vss. 23-25

 

 

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Luke 1:5-39

THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

 

Imagine taking a friend to you favorite restaurant. The waiter brings out the appetizer, and your friend says, "This fruit cup is great!" And you answer, "You haven't seen nothing yet. The best is yet to come!"

 

Next, out comes the soup, and your friend says, "Why this is the best soup I've ever eaten!"  You answer you friend, "Just wait. The best is still yet to come." 

 

The same thing happens for the salad and the main course.  In each case you assure the friend that "The best is yet to come!"  And sure enough, when the dessert comes, it turns out to be better than all the good things the man had already tasted at this terrific restaurant. The best was yet to come.

 

Now imagine a fan of music that has never heard the Messiah. He hears the first few choruses and raves to you how great the music is. You would assure him to "Just wait. The best is yet to come." The best does come at the end with the Hallelujah Chorus.

 

On a lighter note there's an old story about a preacher who was stealing his messages from a book by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (a great preacher of the past).  Unknown to him one of the church deacons had the same book.  After listening to the man preaching Spurgeon's sermons without giving him any credit, the deacon took action.  On one Sunday morning the deacon shook hands with the pastor at the end of the service, and said "Great message pastor!" And then the deacon leaned over and whispered, "Wait until you see next week's sermon. It's even better!" The best was yet to come. (I am unaware of the source of this story, but it is not original.)

 

In keeping with the season, our message is found in Luke 1.  Here we find the announcements of the births of two men. The first announcement was the announcement of the birth of a great man by the name of John The Baptist.  Although John was great, the second birth announcement in this chapter was about the birth of a greater man, The Lord Jesus Christ. Although John was great, THE BEST WAS YET TO COME!

 

THE ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING JOHN

Background Material - Vss. 5-10

 

A Great Birth - Vss. 11-13

Although Elizabeth had been barren, she would conceive. The child born to Zacharias and Elizabeth would be named "John"

 

A Great Life - Vs. 14

John would be great in the sight of the Lord!

He was the equivalent of an Old Testament Nazarite, who drank no alcohol. (Numbers 6:1-8)

He was filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb. (Luke 1:41)

 

A Great Ministry - Vss. 16-17

He would turn many to the Lord. (Vs. 16)

He was the messenger promised in Malachi 3:1. (Vs. 17)

 

THE ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING JESUS

In verses 26-31, Gabriel made a great announcement to Mary.

Mary was puzzled how these things could be. Vs. 34

 

A Greater Birth - Vs. 35

 

The birth of the Lord Jesus was the work of the Holy Spirit of god within the body of Mary.

This virgin birth was a greater miracle than the birth of John.

 

A Greater Life - Vs. 32

Jesus would be called "The Son of the Highest" He was God in the flesh. See John 1:14

 

A Greater Ministry - Vss. 31-33

 

According to Vs. 31, the child's name would be JESUS. This word means "Jehovah-salvation".

He accomplished His greatest ministry on the cross when He died for your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21

He would reign as Israel's Messiah according to Vss. 32-33 (This prophecy will be fulfilled in the future! Psalm 89:3-4)

 

 

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Luke 1:13 etc.

"FEAR NOT!"

 

One of the great messages of the Bible is that those who fear and trust God completely have nothing to fear. Many times God says to his followers, "Fear Not".  Consider that this message is stated four different times in the Christmas Account.  God says "Fear not" to:

 

1. A DESPERATE OLD MAN - Luke 1:13 (Luke 1:5-25)

Zecharias so desperately wanted a son that he was probably praying for one, when he was supposed to be praying for the people.  When we are desperate, God says to us "Fear not". 

 

2. A DISTINCT YOUNG WOMAN - Luke 1:30 (Luke 1:26-38)

Mary was distinct because she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah.  We are distinct as Christians because we the children of God, and have nothing to fear except God  (Luke 12:4-5). Because we are distinct, God says to us, "Fear not".

 

3. A DISAPPOINTED YOUNG MAN - Matthew. 1:20 (Matthew. 1:18-25) - Joseph was disappointed because he thought his bride to be was unfaithful.  God's message to "fear not", assured Joseph that all was well.  Often through our disappointments we will hear God say,

"Fear not."

 

4. DEDICATED SERVANTS - Luke 2:10 (Luke 2:8-14)

The shepherds were just doing their jobs, watching their flocks by night.  Something special happened to them on the job. The angel appeared, and they were told to "fear not".  As we faithfully serve the

Lord, and a surprise occurs, we will hear the Lord saying "Fear not."

 

 

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Luke 1:26-38

SOMETHING SPECIAL

 

SPECIAL LADY – Vss. 26-27

SPECIAL BLESSING – Vss. 28-30

SPECIAL PROMISES – Vss. 31-37

SPECIAL FAITH – Vs. 38

 

 

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Luke 1:26-38

WHEN NOBODY BECAME SOMEBODY

 

I want to take you back in time to a little nowhere town to a nobody girl.  I want us to examine a time when this nobody became somebody.

 

CONDITIONS - Vss. 26-27

 

Vs. 26 - What was the sixth month?  It was the sixth month of a miracle pregnancy.  Zacharias and Elizabeth were righteous people who were on in years.  At an age when Elizabeth should be a grandmother or great-grandmother, she was preparing to have her first child.

 

Zacharias, a priest, had been burning incense when all of a sudden the Angel Gabriel appeared before him.  Zecharias was told that he and Elizabeth would be parents of the prophet who was scheduled to appear before the coming of Israel's Messiah. His name was to be called John. Isaiah 40:3

 

Because Zacharias did not believe Gabriel, he was disciplined by being made deaf and dumb. 

 

This was a temporary ailment, but it was effective. Zacharias went home to the hill country of Judah and before long, Elizabeth was expecting.

 

Vs. 26 - Gabriel is on the move again.  This time he is bringing a message to what I would call a "nowhere town".  He was going to Galilee, an area of Judah that was despised by many Jews because of its mixed population. He was going to the city of Nazareth. 

 

Vs. 27 - Not only did Gabriel go to a nowhere town, but he went to see a "nobody" person. Mary was one of thousands of Jewish peasant girls, who at probably between the ages of 12-14 would get married raise a family in relative poverty and eventually die!  Mary was a virgin who was engaged to be married to a descendant of King David. Joseph was his name. He was the village carpenter. 

 

The conditions were simply this; Mary was a nobody who lived in a nowhere town.

 

CONFRONTATION - Vss. 28-33

 

Vs. 28 - The angel appeared to Mary. We don't know where and we don't now how.  We do know from her response that Mary knew she was talking to a supernatural being.

 

Here is a very interesting greeting.  Mary is told that she is "highly favored", "blessed among women" and that "the Lord is with you."

 

In an instant, Mary, who very well could have thought of herself as a "nobody" is told that she is a "somebody"!  Mary was given a glorious piece of great news.

 

Vs. 29 - Mary, of course, was a special person.  One of the special qualities of Mary was that she was very contemplative.  This is shown in other instances of Luke's Gospel.  It was Mary who would think about things that she was told and things that happened.  Here, although she is troubled, Mary tries to reason out or understand what is going on.  Oh that more of us were like that!

 

Vs. 30 - Now, if you met a messenger from God, you might think you were in some sort of trouble.  You would probably also be afraid.  Gabriel calms her, by telling her to fear not. She was one who was highly favored in God's eyes.

 

Vs. 31 - Mary was going to have a baby! The baby's name would be "Jesus", or "Salvation"!  Mary would be the mother of Israel's long awaited Savior. Mary would be the mother of the one who came to earth to die on the cross for our sins.  She was the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Vs. 32 - Jesus would be great. And notice that Jesus would be called "Son of the Highest".  Jesus would be the Son of God! He was to be both God and man.

Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

"A child is born," means that Jesus was human.

"A son is given," means that Jesus existed before he came to earth. He is God!

 

Israel had been promised that a Messiah would come who would sit on David's throne. Gabriel tells Mary that Jesus will be this ruler.

 

Vs. 33 - His kingdom will be permanent. We need to remind ourselves of something here. All that Gabriel said is true.  When Jesus came the first time he came to give His life to save sinners like us.  When Jesus comes again he will set up his permanent kingdom!  At that time His rule will be eternal.

 

THE CONCEPTION - Vss. 34-37

 

Vs. 34 - Mary was not like Zacharias who just didn't believe Gabriel.  Mary was simply trying to understand how she could have a baby without having a sexual relationship with a man. Mary, the one known for her contemplation, was striving to grasp what she had been told.

 

Vs. 35 - Mary is told here that the birth of Jesus would be a miracle! It would be a virgin birth.

 

She would do nothing except believe!  The Holy Spirit would do the work of impregnating Mary. And the baby that was born would be the Son of God!

 

Vs. 36 - To show Mary that God was capable of such a thing she is now told that her cousin, Elizabeth would have a baby. Elizabeth, who was known as "barren", Elizabeth who was old had conceived!  This too was a miracle.

 

Vs. 37 - Elizabeth conceived when she shouldn't have. The impossible happened because nothing is impossible with God.

Mary, a virgin, would conceive and have a baby, because nothing is impossible with God.

 

THE CONFIDENCE - Vs. 38

 

Mary was given a tremendous amount of information and responsibility.  Not only would she be mother of our Lord Jesus, but she would have to bear the brunt of people thinking that she had been unfaithful to Joseph.  She had to bear the brunt of some thinking that she was an adulteress.  And to think that she was going to have to raise such a child!

 

Mary's response is classic, "Be it unto me according to thy word."

In essence she is saying, "I accept and believe what you have said."

 

Mary was in a situation that made faith an absolute necessity. And I dare to say that if Mary had not believed, had not had faith, Mary would not have been the mother of Jesus.

 

Mary had no credentials for being the mother of Jesus.

She was a nobody from nowhere.

Mary had little training for being the mother of Jesus.

Mary would have limited human support for being the mother of Jesus.  Why an angel even had to appear to Joseph in order for him to consent to marry Mary.

 

Mary had to be one who would simply trust God no matter what!

 

So there you have it. Mary the nobody became a somebody.  Today we are to still respect Mary and call her "blessed".  She was human. She was a sinner like us. But God gave her a very special position.

 

"All of this is great Pastor, but how does this relate to us?"

 

Glad you asked! Let's think about it.

 

THE CONDITIONS

Guess what? We're nobodies! Psalm 51:5, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10-12

 

Not one of us is righteous in God's eyes.  We are nobodies who deserve to go to hell!

Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23

 

THE CONFRONTATION

 

Just as Mary was confronted with good news from God, through an angel, in this day and age you and I are confronted with good news from God from various sources.

·        We discover this good news either through an individual sharing with us "one on one". Sometimes that individual is a parent or a Sunday School teacher. 

·        We also discover this good news when we go to church and hear a pastor or a guest speaker present it.

·        And some have discovered this good news by reading books or pamphlets that we call tracts. 

·        Many have also have been confronted with this good news as they have read God's Word the Bible.

 

In verse 28 Mary was told that she was "highly favored".

There is a sense in which each one of you is highly favored.

God loves each one of you.

God showed his love for you by sending His Son, the Lord Jesus to earth.

God showed His love for you by sending His sinless Son to the cross to die for your sins.

1 John 4:10, Isaiah 53:3-6,

 

Right now through me God is confronting you with His love.  It was His love that Jesus, a real somebody, the Son of God, to die on the cross for you, a nobody. John 3:16

 

THE CONVERSION

 

In verse 35 Mary was told that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and there was conception.

God, the Holy Spirit will also come upon you and I. We can call it conversion, but it is also called the new birth!

 

Jesus told Nicodemus - "Ye must be born again." John 3:5-7

 

What is going on here?  God wants to forgive your sins, give you new life, and make you his child. He does it through the work of His Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17,

 

So how does one experience this new birth that brings conversion?

 

THE CONFIDENCE

 

The new birth requires confidence or faith.  At a specific moment in time you, a nobody, become a child of God through the working of the Spirit of God. A nobody becomes somebody.

John 1:12-13

You place confidence in the fact that you are a "nobody", a sinner who deserves the punishment of hell.

You place confidence in the love of God, believing that Jesus Christ His Son died for your sins.

 

By faith you place confidence in the Lord Jesus as your Savior, as your way to Heaven!

 

It is by faith that you become somebody, a child of God and a citizen of Heaven!

 

If you have not already, will you chose to become somebody this morning?

 

And those of you who have already made this decision need to remember that,

 

·        Without Christ you'd be nobody. That's your condition.

·        You are still loved by the Savior who has made you "accepted in the beloved". That's your confrontation from God's Word.

·        You not only were born again by the Spirit of God, but the Spirit of God continues to live inside you to help you, guide you, teach you, and comfort you. That's a result of your conversion.

·        The new life you began by expressing faith in Christ as Savior is to continue to be a life of faith. That's confidence.

 

Christian, you are still a nobody who became a somebody!

 

CONCLUSION:

 

For Mary, the nobody who became somebody.

 

THE CONDITIONS - Mary was a nobody who lived in a nowhere town.

THE CONFRONTATION - Mary became a somebody, who would be the mother of God's Son.

THE CONCEPTION - Vss. 34-37 - The Holy Spirit would do the work of making Mary pregnant.

THE CONFIDENCE - Vs. 38 - She believed what God had told her through the message of the angel.

 

 

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Luke 1:26-38

GOOD NEWS!

 

THE SPECIAL MAIDEN IS VISITED - Vss. 26-30

THE COMING MESSIAH IS ANNOUNCED - Vss. 31-33

THE WONDERFUL METHOD (OF CONCEPTION) IS EXPLAINED - Vss 34-38

 

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Luke 1:26-38

A SURPRISE VISIT

 

Probably every lady in Israel would have liked to be the mother of the promised Messiah.  The privilege came to a young lady by the name of Mary.  She was visited by the angel, Gabriel.

 

MARY WAS SPECIAL IN GOD'S EYES. Vss. 26-28

Although we do not hold to the deity of Mary in any way (She was a sinner saved by grace. Luke 1:46-47), she was a very special lady.

 

MARY WAS SHOWN GOD'S PLAN Vss. 29-37

Although Mary didn't doubt  Gabriel, she did need some explanation. Vss. 34-35

 

MARY WAS SURE THAT GOD TOLD THE TRUTH. Vss 38

 

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Luke 1:26-38

A “MARY” CHRISTMAS or MARY LEARNS ABOUT JESUS

 

MARY SAW AN ANGEL – Vss. 26-29

MARY HEARD AN ANNOUNCEMENT – Vss. 30-33

MARY HAD ASSISTANCE – Vss.34-37

MARY HARBORED ASSURANCE – Vs. 38

 

 

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Luke 1:26-38 etc.

MARY, MARY, MARY – GOOD FOR MOTHER’S DAY

 

A very common name for women in the New Testament appears to be Mary.  Three of the women named Mary have much to teach us about how to relate to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF LEANING - MARY, MOTHER OF OUR LORD

Mary leaned on God in faith.

Luke 1:26-38 - When Mary was told she would be Mother of the Messiah, she trusted God.

John 2:1-9 - When there was a need for wine at a wedding, she trusted Jesus.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF LOVING - MARY OF BETHANY

Luke 10:28-32 - She sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.

John 12:1-8 - She expressed her love for the Lord by anointing the Lord's feet.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF LIVING - MARY MAGDELENE

Luke 8:1-3 - Here is a woman who was under the bondage of sin.

The Lord Jesus changed her life.

She went on to live for Him.  2 Corinthians 5:17, John 20:11-18)

 

 

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LUKE 1:46-55 etc.

YOUR SONG FOR CHRISTMAS

 

 

People have written many songs for Christmas.

Silent Night

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Joy To The World

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

The First Noel, and many more selections are somebody's songs for Christmas.

 

What is your song for Christmas?  I don't mean you have to compose a Christmas Song, and I don't mean you have to chose a favorite, although you probably have.  What I do mean is that deep in your heart, you should have a Christmas Song of praise to God.  You may express it through one of these Christmas Carols, or through your general attitude.

 

A song for Christmas is not a modern idea.  It actually began with Mary, Zacharias, and the Angels.  These dear people help you and I understand what our Christmas Song should be like.

 

Your song for Christmas should be:

 

A SONG OF GOD'S GRACE - Luke 1:46-50

The Virgin Mary had received a visit from the Angel Gabriel.

He had given her the great news, that she was going to be the Mother of Israel's promised Messiah, The Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 1:35

 

Mary's response to the announcement that she would be the mother of Jesus is classic. She said, …Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. Luke (1:38)

 

Gabriel had told Mary about another miracle that had taken place.  He had told her that her cousin Elizabeth, who was old and called barren, had conceived.  Of course Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, the prophet that was supposed to come before Jesus.

 

1:39-40 - Mary decided to pay a visit to Elizabeth.

 

1:41-45 - Can you imagine Mary's delight, when Elizabeth confirmed everything that Gabriel had told her.  Before Mary uttered more than a greeting Elizabeth, under the influence of God's Holy Spirit, verified what Gabriel had told Mary. 

Mary knew that she hadn't imagined anything. Mary was assured that her faith was in the right place.

Mary's response is her Christmas song, which is first of all, a song of grace.

 

Vs. 47 - Mary is filled with the joy of Christmas!  Mary exalts, or magnifies the Lord for all that He had done and would do!  Dear friends, that is exactly what we should do in our hearts. Every Christmas Carol that brings glory to God should be sung with an attitude of wanting to magnify God!

 

Notice something else here. Mary rejoices in God her Savior!

Did Mary need a Savior? Yes!  Was it God's intent to send a Savior who would deliver Israel and the world from the penalty of sin?  Again, the answer is yes! Consider what Joseph was told when he was instructed to marry Mary. Matthew 1:20-21

 

Mary knew that she needed a Savior!  She knew that God was providing a Savior!

 

Vs. 48 - Mary understood God's grace. She understood that she was just one of thousands of young woman in Judea at that time. She understood that it was only by God's grace, that she a young, handmaid to the Lord, would be lifted up to be considered special by countless generations.

 

Vs. 49-50 - Mary realized that it was God who was showing mercy on her, and that he shows mercy on all that fear Him.

 

Mary's Christmas song was a song of God's grace.

My friend, in order to have a true Christmas song warming your heart, it has to be a song of God's grace.

 

Like Mary, you need a Savior, someone to deal with your sins.

Like Mary, you are one person among billions of people who ever lived, not much in the greater scheme of things.

 

Jesus came to earth to die for Mary's sins.

Jesus came to earth to die for your sins. Romans 5:6-8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

Jesus dying for our sins was an act of grace.

God's unmerited favor is shown to us when He sent His son to die for our sins.

 

How do we make this grace ours? John 3:16

 

Have your experienced God's grace in your life by believing on Jesus for eternal life?  If you have not, do so today.

If you have trusted Christ as Savior, make sure that your Christmas Song is one that sings praise to God from the heart for the grace that he has shown you!

 

A SONG OF GOD'S GREATNESS - Luke 1:51-55

 

Mary's Song continues.  She talks about the greatness of God here.  And any Christmas Song should remind us of God's greatness!

 

Vs. 51 - Our God is strong! He is omnipotent!  The God who sends the thunderstorm and created the great Niagara Falls is the God who works on behalf of those in need!

 

I love the words of Jeremiah 32:17 - Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

 

Notice that God scatters those who are proud in their hearts.

There have been those like Haman in the days of Queen Esther and Adolph Hitler in the days of my parents who proudly thought they would eliminate God's people. God destroyed them!

 

James 4:6 - But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

 

There will be a day when all proud people are humbled! Philippians 2:9-11

 

Vs. 52 - Many a mighty ruler down through the years has been cast off their throne.  But many a humble person has been exalted.

 

Humility is a key ingredient to the Christian life. Matthew 5:5

 

Vs. 53 - This verse is true in the physical world, but I especially think of God's greatness here in the area of Spiritual things. Matthew 5:6

 

I think of the Apostles, a small band of 12 men, who hungered and thirsted after righteousness and ended up turning the world upside down for Jesus Christ.

 

I also think of a King named Agrippa, who had an audience with the great Apostle Paul.  Paul preached the Gospel to him, and yet as close as he came to Christianity was the statement, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. (Acts 26:28)

Agrippa was rich, but he was sent away empty.

 

Vs. 54 - Israel is another indication of God's greatness. God has protected Israel. God has helped Israel, and make no mistake, Israel will one day be victorious with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ! Don't let the current problems in the Holy Land fool you, Israel will once again be preserved by God. And one day as Isaiah 11 promises, Israel will live in total peace under the rule of her Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A SONG OF YOUR GRATITUDE - Luke 1:67-75

 

Let us move on to the song of another Bible character named Zacharias. 

 

Zacharias and Elizabeth were a righteous couple who loved the Lord. However they had no children and they were well beyond the childbearing years.

 

Zecharias was on duty by himself in the Jerusalem temple burning incense. 

 

The angel Gabriel appeared to Him and made a startling announcement. Luke 1:13-17

 

Zecharias did not believe the Angel and became deaf and dumb.

He went home, and it wasn't long before Elizabeth became pregnant. And in nine months Elizabeth had a baby boy!

 

Vss. 59-64 - Zacharias, who had been silent for nine months was now able to speak.  He was not bitter over God's discipline. Instead he was grateful for what God had done.  His song is one of extreme gratitude!

 

Vs. 68 - Zacharias was grateful for God's visit.  God had visited with the supernatural birth of the Messiah's prophet, John the Baptist.

 

God would visit with the arrival of the Messiah himself, born of a Virgin.

 

Zacharias was grateful also for God's redemption.  Israel was redeemed through these births. 

 

Redemption speaks of the purchase or a slave in order to give him freedom.  Jesus was born to die for our sins so He could redeem Israel and everyone else. The only requirement on the part of people is to believe on Him.

 

Has God visited you with salvation? Have you been redeemed?

Then your Christmas song should be a song of gratitude!

Just think, you would be looking forward to eternal punishment in hell, if it weren't for the work of Christ! Your condition without Christ was terrible!

 

Zacharias was grateful! How grateful are you for what God has done?

 

A SONG OF GOD'S GRANDEUR - Luke 2:13-14

 

Now we move ahead in our story to the birth of our Savior.

You know the story.  When he was born in Bethlehem there was an announcement made to a bunch of Shepherds. First one angel appeared and made a wonderful announcement. Luke 2:10-12

 

Vs. 13-14 - Here is the fitting conclusion for a Christmas song.  It is short but it says so much! Glory to God in the Highest!

 

The grandeur of this Christmas Song is that God gets all the praise! It is God who allowed Zacharias and Elizabeth to have a baby. It is God who caused Mary, a virgin, to give birth to the Lord Jesus.

 

It is God who sent a Savior.

It is God who gives redemption.

Our Christmas Song should echo this sentiment of glory to God in the highest. 

 

Before we conclude our message about your song of praise, I want you to notice something.  If we are going to sing a Christmas song of praise to God that speaks of his grandeur, we also need to wish others peace and good will!

 

The Christian can not truly praise God with all his heart until he has forgiven those who have hurt him. This Christmas time, make sure that you can truly wish peace and good will to all, because you harbor no grudges and hold no ill feelings. Ephesians 4:30-32

 

So what about your song this Christmas? Make sure that it is,

A SONG OF GOD'S GRACE - Luke 1:46-50

A SONG OF GOD'S GREATNESS - Luke 1:51-55

A SONG OF YOUR GRATITUDE - Luke 1:67-75

A SONG OF GOD'S GRANDEUR - Luke 2:13-14

 

 

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Luke 1:46-55

MARY’S PSALM

 

MARY ASCRIBED GLORY TO THE LORD – Vss. 46-47

MARY APPRECIATED GOD’S KINDNESS TOWARDS HER – Vss. 48-49

MARY WAS ASSURED OF GOD’S:

Mercy – Vs. 50

Strength – Vss. 51-52

Provision – Vs. 53

Faithfulness – Vss. 54-55

 

 

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Luke 1:76-80

ABOUT JOHN THE BAPTIST

 

Under the control of the Holy Spirit, Zecharias tells us about the ministry of his son, John.

 

JOHN WAS A PROPHET Vs. 76a

JOHN HAD A PURPOSE Vss. 76b-79

  1. To Prepare Jesus' Ways Vs. 76b

  2. To Give Knowledge Vss. 77-78

  3. To Give Light Vs. 79a

  4. To Give Guidance Vs. 79b

JOHN MADE PROGRESS Vs. 80

 

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