Luke 1:25-38

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Luke 1:25-38 – The Divine Announcement


  • The time is now.
  • The redeemer has come.
  • The birth announcement of Jesus Christ

Mary and Joseph – vv. 26-27

  • Young and innocent
  • God fearing (Joseph – Matthew 1:18-25)
  • Unknown
    • Nazareth
    • Not the capital…but a small town
    • Nothing good comes from Nazareth John 1:46
  • She was a young teen
    • Zec was a priest serving the temple
  • Unmarried, Virgin (sexually pure)

A great picture of God’s providence.  He has kept His word.  A Savior is to be born.  All that the OT pointed too is coming to fulfillment.

Gabriel’s Greeting – vv. 28-29

  • Zechariah had no personal greeting
  • Highly Favored one
    • God’s grace
    • Divine favor
  • Eph 1:6 – Blessed/Accepted in Beloved
  • The Lord is with you! (emphatic)
  • Mary was troubled and tried to discern
    • Confused, WHY WOULD GOD FAVOR ME?
    • Fear in the presence of the Lord

Gabriel’s Pronouncement -vv. 30-33

  • Do not be afraid – v 30
    • I come with blessing not judgement
  • You have found favor with God – v. 30
    • God’s sovereign grace… He chose her
  • You will conceive in your womb and bear a son – v. 31
  • You shall call His name Jesus – v. 31
    • Greek for the Hebrew word Yeshua… Yahweh Saves
  • He will be great – v. 31
    • Megas
    • John the Baptist is great in the Lord’s sight
    • JESUS IS GREAT!!!!!!
  • Called the Son of the Most High – v. 32
  • Given the throne of His Father – v. 32
    • 2 Samuel 7:12-14
    • Ps. 2:7-9
    • Micah 4:7
  • He will reign over the House of Jacob FOREVER – v. 33
  • His kingdom there will be no end – v. 33
    • Rev. 11:15

“with breathtaking brevity, in one vast, glorious revelation Gabriel succinctly summarized the entire ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ: His saving work, righteous life, deity, resurrection, ascension, glorious return, and kingdom rule.”

John F. MacArthur Jr., Luke 1–5, MacArthur New Testament Commentary (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009), 48.

Mary’s Response – v. 34

  • How will this be?
    • Fair question
    • She doubted yet trusted

Gabriel’s Explanation – vv. 35-37

  • The Holy one will come upon you
    • Spirit hovered at creation…now her at the birth (creation) and at our new birth (new creation)
  • Power of the most high will overshadow you
    • Surround (same usage as at the transfiguration)
  • THEREFORE, the child will be called HOLY-the SON OF GOD
  • Elizabeth is also conceived (by Zec.)

Mary’s Faith – v. 38

    • Just like Hannah with Samuel 1 Sam. 1:1-2:10
  • Let it be according to your word

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