That Christ had a true human body; and that though He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh, He had not merely the likeness of flesh, but true flesh (Luke 24:39; Hebrews 2:14). He was "the seed of the woman" (Genesis 3:15), and the fruit of Mary's womb (Luke 1:42), otherwise He had not been our brother. The angel tells her how she should " conceive and bring forth a Son," namely, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the power of the Highest, the Spirit of God being the true God, and so the Highest. For it is no mere speculation; it is full of deadly consequences. But though Jesus Christ had two natures, yet not two persons, which was the error of Nestorius, who lived in the fourth century. Think of the Christmas story. 2. (2) He tells the virgin, that therefore, seeing that child to be thus conceived, he should be called, that is, owned to be, "the Son of God." I Mary at Risk A First, what the angel says to Mary is good news. It is righteous. And then the angel gives Mary a confirmation of that his message is from God. Was it not ordered by some peculiar providence of God, that the two great branches of the primitive Church, the Hebrew congregations for which St. Matthew wrote, and the Greek congregations for which St. Luke wrote, should find an express record of the miraculous conception each in its proper Gospel? Luke 1:26-27. What good advice for all of us in our times of trouble and discouragement, to look to Jesus and not ourselves, to concentrate on the Lord rather than our problems! We are able to disprove by positive evidence the only other conceivable suggestion by which it could be justified, namely, that though not enunciated sooner, yet that within the bosom of the Church the doctrine was held implicitly from early times. The first is that which, however inadequately, I have felt bound to attempt this day to discharge. But though believers are said to be in Christ, and Christ in them, yet they arc not one person with Him. One is, that the Holy Ghost should come upon her, not in an ordinary way, as in the conception of all men (Job 10:8, "Thine hands have made me, and fashioned me together round about)"; but in an extraordinary way, as on the prophets, and those that were raised to some extraordinary work. She was, however, but a mean woman, the family of David being then reduced to a low outward condition in the world, having long before lost its flourishing state; so that our Lord "sprung up as a root out of a dry ground "(Isaiah 11:1, and Isaiah 53:2). The angel said to Mary, “Nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here I am the servant of the Lord; There have been "saviors of society" from whom this poor wounded world might well have prayed to be delivered, men who tried to cover their own hideous selfishness under a fair and striking name. They are those of the Church's anathema and the condemnation of God. You may go to a concert, but not to a theatre, you may ,go to a dinner party, but not to a ball — everything put down as clear as it can be. Again, He assumed our nature with all its sinless infirmities: therefore it is said of Him (Hebrews 2:17), "In all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren." They were without Jesus. Faith is also a key to all the other gifts and it is not an easy one for us to receive. 1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. He put us under the guidance of the Spirit. And we know that in former days Puritanism did attempt something of the kind; but it ended in failure, as it was bound to do. She was the seed of Abraham; and so Christ was that seed of Abraham, in whom all nations were to be blessed (Galatians 3:16). Amen. He was to be One that would in the fullest sense partake of the Divine nature, be one in thought and in aim and in action with the Father (John 5:19, 23; John 8:28; John 10:30; John 14:10, 11). The fact that we read of Luke being so much with Paul in the Book of Acts is another indication that Luke was a dependable man. Then there are those who are called aside by sickness, those whom God in His wonderful way leads by constrainings that must be submitted to, to a separation not only from the world outside, but sometimes even from the family within. He graduated from Calvin College and Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan and went to California to start a church. (John 6:62). Thus we may be thoroughly satisfied —. Who would have thought that this country girl of fourteen or fifteen would be the mother of the Savior. Christ is sensibly touched with all the infirmities that attend our frail nature, and has pity and compassion upon His people under all their pressures and burdens (Hebrews 2:17, 18). (1) To fit it for personal union with the Word, who, out of His infinite love, humbled Himself to become flesh, and at the same time out of His infinite purity, could not defile Himself by becoming sinful flesh. What great love to sinners, and what unparalleled condescension was here! NET ©: The angel replied, 1 “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow 2 you. Luke 1:35 As Luke writes of this conversation, he mentions the Holy Spirit just as he did earlier in verse 15 and as he does six more times in his first two chapters: (1:41, 67, 80, 2:25, 26, 27). 3. Whereas, if He had been created as Adam was, it could not have been claimed in a legal and judicial way. It is assented to neither by the Eastern, nor by our own branch, of the universal Church. That though as to the nativity of Christ there was nothing as to the way of it extraordinary, but He was at the ordinary time brought forth as others (Luke 2:22, 23), and that as a general truth. What seems impossible is not so with God – with God there are unlimited possibilities and all we need is the faith to accept and receive what God has to offer. The great law of Christian life here is this — always be true to conscience; never allow yourself to do what you believe to be contrary to God's Will for you, but do not limit another Christian's liberty by your own rule of conduct or your own conviction as to what is lawful or expedient. Christ's becoming man implies the voluntariness of this act of His in assuming the human nature. Mary asked (verse 34), “‘How can this be, since I am a virgin? Luke 1:35-45 With God Nothing Is Impossible. It does so: 1. But Do; they are led by God within the veil. 4. But once more, and above all; since the canon of Holy Scripture was complete, No DECLARATION OF DOCTRINE COULD EVER BE INSERTED IN THE CREEDS, WHICH COULD NOT BE SHOWN TO ACCORD WITH THAT WRITTEN WORD OF GOD. There is a change indeed made in the humanity, by its being advanced to a more excellent union, but not in the Deity; as a change is made in the air when it is enlightened by the sun, not in the sun which communicates that brightness to the air. They came to realize that with their money, the beauty and comfort of their home, even their outward religious observance, they lacked faith. How could God become a man? II. It was an unconventional spot – in a drive-in movie theatre. God has many blessings in store for us as individual people and for this congregation. Its the Gospel According to Luke - 205 pages; SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY. But by this union the human nature is so united with the Divinity, that each retains its own essential properties distinct. But we have yet another duty, as we contemplate this fearful spectacle; we have to separate ourselves from its evil. I grieve that I should have sinned against a love so great, so long enduring — this recognized love of God melts me down into contrition, it makes me hate all my past life, until continuance in it is an impossibility, it brings me to his feet in confession, it raises me to go forth and show my sorrow for a life conformed to the world in the dead past by separation from the world in the living present. Verses 26-56. Love melts. 2. 1. That the Holy Ghost cannot be called the Father of Christ, since His human nature was formed, not of His substance, but of that of the Virgin, by His power. Personal infirmities are such as befall particular persons, from particular causes, as dumbness, deafness, blindness, lameness, leprosies, &c. Now, it was no way necessary that Christ should assume these; but the natural ones, such as hunger, thirst, weariness, sweating, bleeding, mortality, &e. (Romans 8:3). (3) Nor yet is this such a mystical union as is between Christ and believers. There are beings within the mind's easy conception that far overpass the glories of the statesman and the monarch of our earth. Click here for more information. Luke 6:12-23 Jesus Chooses The 12 Apostles / Sermon On The Mount, Part #1; Luke 6:24-36 Sermon On The Mount, Part #2; Luke 6:37-49 Sermon On The Mount, Part #3; Luke 7:1-23 Healing Of Centurion's Slave / Raising Of Widow's Son / Delegation Sent To Jesus From John The Baptist 4. The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. without any exception. The greatest gift of all is faith in the Lord Jesus. (2) With respect to the end of His incarnation, even the redemption and salvation of lost sinners; that as the first Adam was the fountain of our impurity, so the second Adam should also be the pure fountain of our righteousness. AND THE LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. In this sermon, I use the classic Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street to illustrate some important spiritual truths about the real identity of Jesus and how the story of Jesus is fact and not fiction. I do not for a moment say that you ought to give way to that self-consciousness which to many makes intercourse with the world one long agony. Before the promulgating of this decree, any one within the Roman communion might, as she teaches, deny, with St. Bernard and St. , the doctrine of the immaculate conception of the virgin and be saved; since that 8th of December, whosoever denies it must be lost. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. He had the same human nature which is common to all men, sin only excepted. It is impossible that the Majesty of the Divinity can receive any alteration; and it is as impossible that the meanness of the humanity can receive the impression of the Deity, so as to be changed into it, and a creature be metamorphosed into the Creator, and temporary flesh become eternal, and finite mount up into infinite. But there were a myriad of responses, because the poor felt encouraged, but the wealthy felt judged. Wesley's Notes for Luke 1:35. Biblical Commentary He added the largest pipe organ. For this is the grand characteristic of the whole Roman system of Mariolatrous imposture. Accepting and abiding in the Savior, we dwell in the sunshine of God's everlasting friendship; we grow up into his perfect image; we spend our days and our powers under his direction. Hence Basil says, Christ was conceived, not of the substance, but by the power, not by any generation, but by appointment and benediction of the Holy Ghost. Only the finest materials, the finest design, went into the building. Jesus Christ, in the very act in which he redeems us from the penalty and power of sin, restores us to God - to his Divine favor, his likeness, his service. You wrote of the time when Peter was walking on the water going to Jesus and then lost focus and started to sink. Two expectant mothers, one old, one young. Luke 1:26-38 (ESV) In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, [27] to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. Check out these helpful resources A thousand sparks to spark your imagination! It is true that this argument will not weigh with Rome, because, after the exact pattern of the old Donatist schismatics, she claims to be exclusively THE catholic body, and makes, as they did, communion with herself the one condition of communion with her Lord. 1:35 The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee - The power of God was put forth by the Holy Ghost, as the immediate Divine agent in this work: and so he exerted the power of the Highest as his own power, who together with the Father and the Son is the most high God. Luke 1:35. To mention the highest of all, THERE IS THE SEPARATION TO WHAT WE CALL RELIGION. 3. He assumed the entire nature of man into the unity of His Divine person, with all its integral parts and essential properties; and so was made or became a real and true man by that assumption. This week I received an e-mail of encouragement from one of you. God can turn what seems impossible into wonderful possibilities for this congregation, for me, for you. Luke 1:35-37 is all about the miracle of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, that is next week’s message, so I won’t dwell too much on it, other than to say clearly the caption in how to respond to … II. It is very remarkable, that the fact of the miraculous conception should be found in the first of the four Gospels, — written at a time when many of the near relations of the holy family must have been living, by whom the story, had it been false, had been easily confuted; that it should be found again in St. Luke's Gospel, written for the peculiar use of the converted Gentiles, and for the express purpose of furnishing a summary of authentic facts, and of suppressing spurious narrations. What is the great principle that rules conduct in the world? Sermon. Luke 1:26-38. Christ was an extraordinary person, and another Adam; and therefore it was necessary He should be produced a new way. It is, therefore, on their showing, anew and necessary article of a Christian man's faith. Whosoever henceforth shall deny it is condemned as an heretic. – Luke 1:35, NASU The angel Gabriel was sent by God to the virgin Mary in Nazareth to tell her that she would bear a son ( Luke 1:31-35 ) and that she was to name him Jesus. IV. Apr 8, 2013. II. How could the death of this one man reconcile a whole world? He visited one wealthy family and saw to his dismay that the Son of God had no abiding place in the home. For, first, if in the course of the Divine process for working out our salvation, our fallen nature was pure from spot of sin in any one before that in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord it was through the operation of the Holy Ghost, sanctified wholly by the union of His Godhead with it, then is that one, and not He, the first fountain of new life to our corrupted race.