The Birth Announcement of Jesus, Pt. 3

And the angel said unto her, Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.  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

Luke 1:30-32

In this “birth announcement of Jesus,” the angel Gabriel gives Mary some things that her Son will be and do.  He is going to be called Jesus (“the Lord’s salvation), He was going to be called “the Son of the Highest,” and He was going to be the Saviour of the world.  In verse 32, Gabriel tells Mary that the Lord is going to “give unto him the throne of his father David.”

That statement should leave us no doubt that this was to be the Messiah.  This was to be One Who would fulfill all of the prophecies of the Old Testament.  He was going to sit on the throne of His father, David.  That was prophesied hundreds of years before Jesus was born.  Now the angel was telling Mary that it would be her Son.  her Son would be the One to sit on the throne of David.

To me, one of the greatest assurances that the Bible is true can be found in the prophecies of the Old Testament and their perfect fulfillment in the New Testament.  In fact, we are still seeing the fulfillment of prophecies even today.  Imagine what must have been going through Mary’s mind when she heard this.  The Saviour of whom the prophets had spoken was coming and He was coming through her.

Jesus has not yet physically sat on the throne of David.  Just think – we will see this promise about Jesus given to Mary some two thousand years ago take place.  What an honour to be a Christian!

7 responses to this post.

  1. I wonder if when those prophecies yet to be fulfilled are fulfilled will they immediately make us sit back in awe or will it be for us like it was with the disciples and come as some hindsight. Will we say “would you look at that it happened right under our noses and we didn;t even understand…”

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  2. Thanks for sharing, Ben

    Some still don’t see what’s happening even now that prophecies are being fulfilled…

    It’s indeed an honour to be His. Not to be taken lightly at all. We are fortunate to have a Bible to follow. So many still wander around in darkness. May God have mercy.

    Blessings
    ann

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    • I have to say that anyone who could look at the Bible and not see the things it predicted coming true is “wilfully ignorant.” It is indeed a great honour to be His and to have a Bible to follow!

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  3. It had to be beyond mind boggling for Mary. So thinking that it will still be beyond mind boggling for us . . even though we have everything written down for us! Thinking Holy Spirit is going to play a big part in us seeing and understanding what is being fulfilled right in front of us. God bless you, Ben, and thank you for getting us to think about this!

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    • It’s interesting to think about. We have a great God who does great things, and, in His mercy and grace, will allow us to see some of them and be a small part of some of them.

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