The Word Became
From the Gospel of Luke
Many people had attempted to arrange an orderly fashion of the Lords teachings. These eyewitnesses had been faithful in preserving what they had witnessed. But Luke was not concerned with a religious theory, He tells the Good News of those things which had been fulfilled!
The identity of Theophilus is unknown, although this address shows He was a person of high rank. His name means (Friend of God).
The Herod referred to here was Herod the Great. He had the title “King of Judaea” conferred on him in 37 B.C. by the Roman senate. Herod the Great was the one who slaughtered the infants in Bethlehem that were 2 years old and under.
The Jews considered if you had children you were pleasing to God, but if you were barren then you were not pleasing to Him. But this is not true because verse 6 says that Zacharias and Elizabeth were Righteous (in right standing) before God.
A Priest could have the privilege of burning incense in the Holy place only once during his lifetime.
The name John means (The Lord has shown Favor) thus the purpose of his birth was to herald the arrival of the Messiah, the gift of God’s grace to us!
Gabriel (Mighty Man of God) foretold the Messiahs coming (Dan 9:25) and according to traditional interpretation of (1 Thess 4:16) He will sound the trumpet for His RETURN!
The virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is a pivotal truth on which the whole claim to deity hinges. God was His father, physically and spiritually, Jesus had the eternal life of God flowing through His veins. Mary simply supplied the body for deity to inhabit. Jesus was and is God manifest in the flesh to all mankind!
Mary was surely blessed among women to be chosen to be the mother of Jesus .However, she was a sinner herself and needed a Savior (Ro 3:23). Jesus was deity, even though He was born of a woman who was not deity, because God Himself was His father.
When a woman stood among the multitude and began to bless Mary. Jesus said, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:27-28), thereby placing a greater blessing on the followers of Christ than on the mother of the Christ.
The name Jesus is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Joshua, which means: The Lord is Salvation!
This was a good question. She asked Gabriel for information, not because of unbelief, as Zacharias did. (Lu 1:18) If Abraham had asked a similar question, it would have prevented His relationship with Hagar.
The conception of Jesus took place through the direct action of the Holy Spirit. Overshadowed is the same word used for the cloud from which God spoke at the Transfiguration on the mount. Both uses of it refer to the cloud that manifested the glory of God (Ex 40:34-38).
Since the babe leaped in her womb, it is probable that this was when the prophecy of (Luke 1:15) was fulfilled, and that John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Ghost.
Although others are spoken of as being separated unto God from their mothers’ wombs. (Jdg 13:5 and Ga 1:15) John was the only one who was filled with the Holy Ghost from birth.
This was the 6 month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy. So we can understand from this scripture that an unborn child experiences emotions at 6 months of age (Ps 139:13-16).
Make a note here of the clear contrast between Mary’s faith response to the Word of God, and how that Zachariah had a response of unbelief to the Word.
Mary’s song (the Magnificent) is taken from the song of Hannah (1Sam 2:1-10) which also was a Miraculous birth. In Jewish prophecy, new messages are often elaborations of former revelations, which give new meaning and applications.
All male babies were named on the 8 (New Beginnings) day, at which time they were also circumcised. Ordinarily the child would be named after his father.
God used an ungodly ruler to draw Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and fulfill the prophecy of (Mic 5:2), (Pro 21:1).
Sheep were kept out in the open between March and December. This is why we celebrate the Lords birth in December. The first recorded celebration of Christmas was in Rome A.D.354
The Scriptures make it clear that Jesus is our Savior. They also refer to God as our Savior (1Ti 1:1, 2 and Jude 25). The use of “God” and “Jesus” interchangeably as our Savior illustrates the fact that Jesus was God in the flesh and is another testimony to the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the highest refers not to the highest degree, but to the highest realm, HEAVEN! People cannot be at peace with each other, until they are at peace with God.
Dr. Luke emphasizes the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Consolation of Israel refers to the comfort the Messiah would bring to his people (Isaiah 40:1-2).
Revelation knowledge is distinctly different than knowledge acquired by learning. Simeon had not been taught by man that he would see the Lord’s Christ, but it was simply made known to him by God. The Holy Ghost is the one who imparts the knowledge (Luke 2:26; John 14:26); it is always truth, pure, and available to all believers (Col 3:10).
Not everyone will accept the salvation that Jesus offers, some will instead stumble over Him. The opposition to Jesus will reach its climax at the foot of the cross, where His mother Mary will experience piercing anguish.
HAVE YOU RECEIVED
THAT GOD HAS FREELY GIVEN?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son(JESUS). That Whoever believes in HIM, shall not perish, but shall have Everlasting LIFE ” (John 3:16)