Luke- Week 2- Day 3
God became flesh.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. (32) 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: (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. (34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (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.Luke 1:30-35
In this text we see God’s plan of redemption unfold through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Mary would conceive and have a son. God had chosen her to carry His Son. In these verses we see elements that point to both Christ’s humanity and His Deity.
Elements of Christ’s Humanity in Gabriel’s Message:
Jesus would be conceived and born of a woman. He would have a body- teeth, nostrels, hair, legs, arms, hands, and a belly button. He would be carried by Mary for the full term of her pregnancy. Mary’s water would break and Jesus would be delivered the same way that every human would be born.
He would have the throne of his father David. To be a son of David means you must be human. To sit on the throne of David is to have a human throne.
Elements of Christ’s Deity in Gabriel’s Message:
Jesus Christ would be supernaturally conceived. Mary makes it clear that she has never “known a man” so as to be pregnant. When she asked Gabriel about how this could happen, Gabriel makes it clear that Jesus would have no biological human father. He would be conceived of the Holy Ghost. The Power of the Highest would overshadow Mary and she would conceive.
Jesus Christ will reign on David’s throne forever. To sit on David’s throne, Jesus must be human. To reign on David’s throne forever over the house of Jacob, He must be Divine. Jesus’ kingdom will be an eternal kingdom! Jesus would be called Great.
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.Revelation 22:16
Jesus Christ would be holy. Because Jesus is conceived by the Holy Spirit with no biological human father, He would be born with no sin nature. Jesus was born without sin and was sinless in His life. If he was born in sin He would not be able to save us from our sins. Jesus was born sinless and remained so because He was God.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. All of these elements- His supernatural conception of the Holy Spirit, His birth into the house of David, His eternal reign on the throne of David, and His holy sinless perfection all point to the fact that Jesus Christ is 100% human and 100% Divine. He would be the Son of God. He would be called “the Son of the Highest”.
It is also important to point out at this point that the incarnation of Jesus was not His beginning. When He was conceived in Mary it was when He became flesh. Christ, being God, has always existed.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.Revelation 22:13
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God.John 1:1-2
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.John 1:14
Now, it is clear that John was physically born before his cousin, Jesus. But notice what John said about Jesus in that next verse.
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.John 1:15
How was Jesus before John if John was born first? Well he was before Him in both importance and in existence. John had a beginning at his conception. Jesus existed before His conception in eternity past being God.
He was active in Creation.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.Colossians 1:14-17
God’s plan of redemption is so incredible. He became like us to redeem us. He was tempted in all points like we were yet without sin. Because He came in flesh, he could bleed and die to pay for our sins. God poured out the punishment we deserved on Jesus. Jesus purchased our redemption by His blood and gave us opportunity for our sins to be forgiven. He didn’t stay dead. He rose from the dead so that as He lives we should live also! We can be redeemed because God became flesh.
- Have you ever accepted Christ’s gift of salvation for you? Accept Him today!
- If you have, when was the last time you thanked Him for it?
- When was the last time you shared this truth with someone?