Let us begin today to look at Luke 2:1-3 which says, And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. There are several questions answered for the Bible student here. One is, Who was to be taxed? (all the world) The word world means a part of a whole. This law of first mention in the N. T. should be looked at carefully. The next question is, Why were they to be taxed? Caesar Augustus was fighting wars on several fronts and needed monies to outfit his soldiers. I wonder is there a divine reason? The third question is Where were they to be taxed? ( into their own city) I wonder does God need someone, somewhere at sometime, to do something.
I want to unpack Luke 1:35 which says, And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. This is the answer to Mary’s question how can this be? This the process of the virgin birth. The process of the new birth is hidden in these words. In order for us to be saved the presence of The Holy of Ghost must come upon us. The power of the Highest which is the work of God the Father, oversees this great work of being born from above. There is also the person of The Lord Jesus Christ born within the child of God. This then is the process of the virgin birth and the new birth. To God be the glory.
Our hearts are drawn to Mary’s question in Luke 1:34 which says, Then said Mary unto the angel, How can this be seeing I know not a man? The pure heart of this virgin girl is expressed in this question. How can this impossible thing happen? It is impossible for a virgin to conceive a baby, why everyone knows that. It has never happened before or since. This child who was all God and all man must Be born of a virgin. A child receives it’s blood from the father’s seed. Jesus had the blood of God flowing in His veins. To be washed in His blood is to have all our sins removed. The thought makes my heart say, How can this be? I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus and wonder.
Our point of meditation today is Luke 1:33 which says, “And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” It is here that we are told of two kingdoms. The one is the earthly realm which is described as the house of Jacob. Jacob’s house is always a picture of an earthly human realm. The other is His kingdom which speaks of a heavenly, eternal realm. The great promise here is that the child Jesus, born of a virgin, reigns over both the earthly and eternal world. He reigns over all that is in heaven, in earth, and under the earth. For the inhabitants of heaven this ruler ship is clear. May it be on earth as it is in heaven.
We continue our Christmas meditation with Luke 1:32 which says, “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:” Mary is told of her son’s loftiness in these words, ‘great’ and Son of the Hightest’. These words are words that describe a height of which no man can reach. It is the highest of the high. She was also told of her son’s lineage. He shall be given the throne of His father David. We are told here that He sprung from David. He later tells us that He is David’s Daddy. How can this be? The book of Revelation tells of His title when He is called the root and offspring of David. There is none like Him. It sure makes you want to know more about Him.
Let us mediate today on the vast world of Luke 1:31 which says, “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” All three of these of phrases ‘shalt conceive, bring forth a son, and call his name JESUS’ are fulfillments of Old Testament prophecies. Just the thought of a virgin conceiving is beyond unbelievable. Then we are told that it will be a ‘son’. There are no sonograms, yet the angel knows the gender before the conception. This lets us know that we were known before we were conceived. They were to call him ‘JESUS’. This name means ‘God is salvation’. This must have been a lot for a little teenage girl to take in at one sitting.
Let us ponder Luke 1:30 today which says, And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. The angel who is speaking is Gabriel. He is only one of two angels named in the Bible.They are called Arc Angels, because they are in charge of all angels. I see there is an admonition spoken to her. (fear not) The phrase means stop being afraid. I am told the phrase is mentioned 365 times in the Bible, one time for everyday in the year. The reason for her not to be afraid, is because she has found favour with God. The phrase found favour means the free, absolute loveingkindness of God. Let us be assured we need not be afraid because we to are a highly graced people.