Luke

Christ's Devotion to God as Seen in Luke's Gospel

Luke 2:41-50

Consider the Incarnation as an act of devotion. Heb 10:5 “A body hast Thou prepared.”

    The Lord came from the realms of glory,

      Was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

        Born in a stable, cradled in a manger. Chapter 2:7

At the incarnation God visited our Planet in the form of a helpless Babe. Born in indescribable poverty—in a foul-smelling stable.

The Lord began His life in a manger—feeding trough. He ended His life on a Roman Cross. Between these two points He had no where to lay His head. Luke 9:58. Phil 2. Jesus was unattached to the world.

The Lord’s devotion to His Father began in eternity. Proverbs 8:30-31. “Then, I was by Him, as One brought up with Him, I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him. Rejoicing in the habitable part of the earth; and My delights were with the sons of men.”

The Master Plan of redemption was conceived before the world began. 1 Peter 1:18. “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world.”

The vehicle through which the plan would be worked out was resolved there. The method and the means were determined there.

When the question was asked, “Who will go for us?” The Lord answered, “Here am I send Me.”

At Bethlehem, The Infinite became finite.

    · God became incarnate.

    · Deity clothed itself in Humanity.

    · For the first time God was seen in the flesh.

The Birth of Christ

Luke 1:26-38

These verses contain the matchless story of the Annunciation. The story is matchless indeed, mysterious, magnificent, and majestic.

It is the story of the angel Gabriel coming to Nazareth. The story of a messenger sent from heaven, bringing to earth stupendous tidings.

This messenger sent from God, came to Nazareth a city of Galilee. Galilee was held in contempt by those in Judea. Nazareth was perhaps the most infamous city in the despised province. Describe this Nathaniel’s statement, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth.”

Leaving the Place mentioned, let us look at the Personalities involved. Verse 27 A virgin, whose name was Mary. A certain man whose name was Joseph.

Of Joseph we know little. Matt 1:19 and 13:55 inform us that he was “a righteous man” and that he was “a carpenter.”

Now let us look at Mary. The Protestant Church has altogether wronged Mary. Mariolatry is idolatry.

In our rebound from the false position which the R.C. church has taken we have over-reacted and consigned her to a place of almost oblivion. In verse 27-28 we have Mary’s character as seen by God.

· She was a virgin.

· She was highly favored.

· The Lord was with her.

· Blessed art thou among women. This means: Favored of God art thou before and above all other women.

Mary was the elect of God for the fulfillment of the tremendous honor of being the mother of the Messiah.

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