"He Will Be Called the Son of the Highest"
John and Jesus were both great! John was a great man. "Among those born of women there Is not a greater than John the Baptist." Jesus was and is, and will be the great God! John was forerunner; Jesus is the runner. John Is the man; Jesus Is God. John was the voice crying in the wilderness; Jesus was the reason for the voice to cry in the wilderness. John was to decrease; Jesus is to increase. John's ministry was brief - a few years and full of trouble; Jesus' ministry is forever - "Of His kingdom there will be no end."
The passage we preach today is from the lips of an angel, as was the message we preached last week. The angel was Gabriel, His name means "God is mighty." Tradition says that Gabriel was one of the highest in rank of all the angels. Gabriel was sent to Daniel in Babylon to explain to the prophet the vision of the ram and he-goat, and to announce the prophecy of the seventy weeks (Daniel 8:16-27; 9:2127). Centuries later he was sent to Jerusalem to Zacharias in the Temple to announce the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-22). Six months later Gabriel was sent to Nazareth to Mary to announce to her the birth of the Messiah (Luke 1:26-38).
Gabriel's message to Mary contained five statements about the Son that Mary would carry and bring into the world.
1. "He will be great."
2. "He will be called the Son of the Highest."
3. "The Lord will give Him the throne of His father, David."
4. "He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever."
5. "His kingdom will never end."
Why was Jesus so great? For all of these reasons He was great, but if we put them altogether, I believe the angel Gabriel was saying three things to Mary, His earthly mother, and we trust that we will hear the same three things on this second Sunday of Advent
I. GABRIEL SAID. "HE WILL BE A GREAT SON."
Why? Because He will be called the Son of the Highest. Luke ...
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