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Be Born in Me (3 of 3)
Series: Good Times
Dr. Fred Lowery
Luke 1:31-32; Matthew 1:21; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Luke 1:46-47; Luke 1:53; Matthew 5:6; Romans 8:29
December 25, 2011
Luke chapter 1 -verse 31 - I talked about Mary last week and didn't get through and I'm gonna finish with her today. Verse 31 -
Luke 1:31-32 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, [NIV]
What a mouthful! A fulfillment of prophecy that was given 700 years before. God keeps every promise that He makes 100% of the time. What God says He means. What God says He will do, He will do. And what a promise - Mary was to GET to deliver the Saviour of the world - to birth the Son of God and what a response on the part of Mary.
Verse 38 of Luke 1
Luke 1:38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." [NIV]
WOW! Her faith is courageous. Her decision was quick. Her obedience was complete. Did Mary have questions? Hundreds! I've been married to the same woman for nearly 40 years and I've got 2 daughters - trust me, she had lots of questions. She had questions for Joseph and she had for Elizabeth. She didn't understand all that was happening. Mary and Joseph were ordinary people, real people, living out a real story and I'm sure Joseph and Mary struggled just like you and I do when we have unexpected circumstances of life confuse us and shake us - shake our very souls. Yes, they had questions. Yes, they struggled. Risks - did Mary have any risks? Certainly. At worst, she could be stoned, the penalty for adultery, although it wasn't always carried out, was to be stoned. She could've lost her life. At best, rumors and ridicule. You can imagine the looks and the smirks and the comments - an angel? Yeah, yeah, the Holy Spirit - sure. Perhaps nobody believed Mary but the fact that nobody believed would ...
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