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When God Invaded History
The accounts of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth are fully historical. They describe the events when the supernatural invaded the normal flow of historical events.
The physician Luke tells us he thoroughly researched everything about the life of Jesus concerning His conception and birth (Luke 1:1-4). Luke must have gotten his details from Mary.
Matthew makes it very clear that God invaded history. He quotes Isaiah 7:14, "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." Jesus is “God with us.” The Hebrew word Bethulah means an unblemished young woman of marriageable age. She was a virgin. Matthew used the word “virgin” to tell his readers that Jesus was conceived by God to the Holy Spirit apart from any human father.
Matthew states clearly and concisely: "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 1:18). A couple of verses later he adds, "But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 1:20).
The child who had been conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit was the divine Messiah, the Son of God. He is Immanuel, God incarnate, meaning “God with us.” Jesus is incarnate deity, and He has promised us that He will be with us always, even to the very end of the ages (Matt. 28:20). He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Jesus is “God with us” by means of the supernatural conception in the womb of the Jewish virgin Mary.
Luke the physician gives us his research, "Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth," (Luke 1:26) "to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary" (v. 27).
The conception of the Messiah would be unique, such as had never occurred before in history. How will it take place? The angel said it happened in the womb of “a virgin.” The womb that will carry the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the world’s Savior, will not be born in Rome or even Jerusalem or in a royal palace. The womb that carried the greatest treasure of the universe is a Jewish virgin who pledged to be married to a humble village carpenter. The virgin surrendered herself wholeheartedly. On the part of Mary, we see “unqualified submission to God’s will.” No wonder she was “highly favored,” and “full of grace.”
Our lives are full of grace when we humbly submit to the will of God. You are in a unique sense a divinely favored person because God loved you so much that He sent His unique Son to die for your sins.
Jesus is “the Son of The Most High” (Luke 1:31-33). His “greatness” is in obedience to sacrifice Himself for the salvation of sinners.
The great promises to King David that one of his descendents would sit on his throne and “reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will never end” (cf. 2 Sam. 7:11-13) can be fulfilled ultimately only in the son born to the virgin.
The son of the virgin will be great, even the Son of The Most High, to whom the LORD God will give the throne of his father David, and His reign as King will last forever, and His kingdom will never end!
Have you bowed at the feet of this King? Eternal consequences result in your attitude toward Him. Are you going to spend eternity with Him in heaven? “His kingdom will never end.” There will be no end to His kingdom or to His rule. Does your heart cry out, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Come today”?
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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