When the angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds the birth of Christ, their circumstances, closeness to the event and the change it brought about gave them a special perspective on this first Christmas.
There is a sense of anticipation for Simeon and Anna as they beheld the infant Christ on his day of dedication in the temple because he was the fulfillment of God's promise both to the world and to them.
This sermon considers the Gospel account of the Annunciation and the Magnificat. Luke’s account presents God’s Word to Mary and her response. God’s Word and God’s call has come to each one of us, just as it came to Mary. Each one of us must respond, just as Mary did. She shows us how to respond: we surrender to God’s calling and we glorify him and rejoice in him.
As a priest in the temple; the father of John the Baptist; the husband of Elizabeth, a relative of Mary; and, like Mary, also a recipient of a visit by the angel Gabriel; Zechariah was given a very unique perspective on the coming of the Messiah.
Trusting Christ makes us God's children. Like the prodigal son, when we confess, "Father, I've sinned against heaven and against you," He will receive us with rejoicing.
Scripture: Matthew 1:1-25 Sermon Notes: There has been a buildup through the generations of history anticipating this moment of Jesus’ birth. Beginning with Genesis 3:15, human history looked forward to the Saviour’s birth, and ever since we have looked back to that defining point in history. The biblical number of earthly completion is 7 – […]
God's character is publicly slandered because of man's choices: “If God is good, why is the world so bad?”
Wherever the gospel message is declared today, God's angels (angelos = messengers) speak.
Jesus is the King of the nations who brings peace and salvation and demands our allegiance.
Gabriel's call on Mary is not an offer; it's a pronouncement of God's sure plan and intention concerning her life.