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December 4, 2016


SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:26-38


KEY VERSE: And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. (Luke 1:31)


INTRODUCTION: When the Lord chose Mary, it may have seemed to those around her that she had been chosen by chance. Yet certainly every experience of her teen-age life up to this point was preparing her for this great responsibility. In ways that no one else took notice of, the Lord was leading Mary to this very moment.


Like Mary, we never know when or how the Lord is going to use us. The challenge (and the joy) comes in living our lives with the expectation of accepting whatever the Lord sends our way. Our motto should be the same as the motto of Ohio State University, “With God all things are possible.”


I. GABRIEL’S GREETING. (Luke 1:26-28)


Note: This is called the “Annunciation.” What is the “Annunciation”? To Christians it is the announcement of the Incarnation by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.


A. The angel Gabriel speaks to the Virgin Mary. (Luke 1:26-27)


INSIGHT: We move now to the city of Nazareth. Six months after the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias in Jerusalem, he appears to Mary in Nazareth.


(Luke 1:26-27) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.


1. Two times in verse one of Luke 1 Mary is called a virgin.


Do you know what a virgin is? I ask this because many people do not seem to know. A virgin is a woman who could never have a child in a natural way because she has never had a relationship with a man that would make the birth of a child possible.


INSIGHT: Someone needs to talk rather plainly today. There are people saying that the Virgin Birth is biologically impossible. When I hear someone make that statement, I always feel like calling him up and saying, “I would like to have lunch with you and tell you about the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of Almighty God because you do not seem to know much about them.”


2. The BIBLE teaches the Virgin Birth.


The Scripture makes it positive that the Jesus Christ was virgin born. I do not object to an unbeliever saying that he does not believe in the Virgin Birth, but when he makes the statement that the Bible does not teach it, I object. I say very plainly that one who makes this statement must have something wrong with his intellect or is ignorant of the Scriptures. It should be remembered that Luke was a doctor and he gives the most extended account of the Virgin Birth.


Note: Those who reject the teaching of Mary’s virgin birth are wrong. The virgin birth is the heart of the New Testament and a part of Historic Christianity.


B. The Virgin Mary brings the Savior into the world.


(Luke 1:28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.


There is a tendency among Protestants to play down the role of Mary, but this verse tells us that Mary was highly favored. In the same breath, however, let me say that she was blessed among women, not above women.


Mary is not lifted above women; Mary lifted up womanhood. This is the role she played. It is so easy to say that a woman brought sin into the world, but remember, it was a woman (and not a man) who brought the Savior into the world.




A. Mary was afraid. (Luke 1:29)


(Luke 1:29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.


Mary was troubled at the sayings of the angel. When the supernatural touches the natural, it always creates fear. Mary also “cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.” Believe me when you have seen an angel, you have a right to be afraid. I think I would be afraid if I saw one.


B. Mary became joyful. (Luke 1:30-33)


(Luke 1:30-33) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.


1. This is plain language.


There is no way of misinterpreting it. This passage is quite literal. Those people who deny the Virgin Birth also do not believe that the Lord is going to sit on the throne of His father David.


2. This is clearly understood.


Apparently it was understood that what Luke is writing about is literal. (1) The virgin’s womb is literal and (2) the throne of David is literal. (3) Jesus Christ shall literally reign over the house of Jacob and of His kingdom there shall be no end. (4) That kingdom is also a reality.




A. An honest question. (Luke 1:34)


(Luke 1:34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?


Mary was the first one to question the Virgin Birth. She said, “How can it be?” This is still a good question. Luke quotes the angel Gabriel and gives us the answer.


B. A spiritual answer. (Luke 1:35)


(Luke 1:35) And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.


1. No man had anything to do with the birth of Jesus Christ.


We are told in the Book of Leviticus that the birth of a child caused a woman to be unclean because she brought a sinner into the world. Mary is told that she is not bringing a sinner into the world; He is holy.


The union of man and woman can only produce a child with a sin nature. By the Virgin Birth is the only way God could get that “holy thing” into the human family. In Psalm 51:5 David said, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Mary’s Son would be different. He would be virgin born.


2. People can deny the Virgin Birth if they want to.


If you are an unbeliever, I would expect you to deny it. If you are not a Christian, of course you don’t believe it. However, you cannot say that the BIBLE does not teach the Virgin Birth, because IT DOES! And you will have to answer to Almighty God for your answer!


3. The baby was called the Son of God.


Do you know why this Baby was going to be called the Son of God? The Baby was called the Son of God because He is the Son of God. Remember that  Luke approaches his gospel from the scientific point of view. He states that he examined Jesus of Nazareth, and his findings are that Jesus is God.


Luke came to the same conclusion that the Apostle John came to in his gospel, but his procedure and technique were different. Luke has used plain, simple language to present his findings and if we cannot understand Luke’s message, we need to go back and learn our ABCs again.


C. Another miraculous birth. (Luke 1:36-38)


(Luke 1:36-38) And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.


1. John the Baptist’s birth.


The birth of John the Baptist is also miraculous, but it is not a virgin birth. The statement of the angel “For with God nothing shall be impossible” is a good one and something we need to hold onto during these days. I want to emphasize, however, that there are people who have taken this statement and twisted and distorted its meaning. There is nothing impossible with God when God has determined to do it, but He will not necessarily do the impossible we ask of Him.


2. Nothing’s impossible with God.


Many people use this verse as a cliché to cover up the fact that they want their own selfish desires. Nothing is impossible with God but there is a great deal that is impossible with you and me. When a man says, “Nothing is impossible with God” and fails at some task he claims the Lord gave him to do, it causes unbelievers to ridicule the Lord.


3. Keep the proper perspective.


Anything the Lord determines to do He can accomplish, because there is nothing impossible with God. BUT that does not mean that the Lord will do everything believers want Him to do, because some things are not included in His plan. Let us put everything in proper perspective before we do a lot of talking that will hurt and harm the cause of Christ rather than help it.



By David C. McCasland


Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife. – Matthew 1:24


The Christmas story, recorded in Matthew and Luke, has become so familiar that I wonder if we grasp the reality of what actually happened: An angel told a young virgin that she would conceive a child by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-38).


The angel then told her fiancé to marry her and name the baby Jesus, “for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).


Shepherds saw angels in the sky and were told of a Savior’s birth in Bethlehem (Luke 2:11).


Wise men traveled hundreds of miles to worship the One who, they said, “has been born King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2). Amazing!


Equally astonishing is that Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men did exactly as they had been told. Mary yielded herself to God; Joseph took her home as his wife; the shepherds went to Bethlehem to find the baby in a manger; and the wise men followed the star. With no idea of the outcome, they all took the next step by faith in the Lord. Amazing!


How is it with us this Christmas? Will we trust God and follow His leading even when we face uncertainty and overwhelming circumstances?


When you and I obey the Lord, the outcome is truly amazing! – David C. McCasland, Our Daily Bread, December 25, 2010.


To follow the leading of God,
To step out in faith and obey,
Is always the path we should take
henever we can’t see the way.
David Sper


CONCLUSION: Christians serve an amazing God, but just knowing that fact does not mean that we understand how to go about serving Him. Christian believers are just ordinary people (like Mary) who are trying to be the servants that the Lord wants us to be. When we open our hearts to Him and humbly ask the Lord for assistance and guidance, then He can (and will) lead us to the right answer.


THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” – Oswald Chambers


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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.


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