Friday, 21 October 2011 10:58
In his pulpit message, “The Most Unusual Message in History”, Rev. R.J. Morgan tells us that “Jesus” is the Greek form of the Hebrew “Joshua,” meaning “Jehovah Saves,” or “Salvation of Yahweh.” The name Jesus contains and conveys His mission – to seek and to save those who are lost.
The Bible, in Gabriel's brief announcement, (Luke 1:26-38) four different “sonships” are given to Jesus. He is: (1) Son of Mary (v.31); (2) Son of the Highest (v.32); (3) Son of David (v.32); and (4) Son of God (v.35). Two of these references imply His human nature (son of Mary, son of David), and the other two refer to His divine nature (Son of the Highest; Son of God). Jesus is both human and divine.
Biblically, in the beginning we see Jesus as the
“Word”, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning (John 1:1 NIV). And in verse 14, John tells us – The Word became flesh and make his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Further John 3:16 gave the reason why and it reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (verse 17).
In his nativity, (Luke vv.34-35) we enter one of Christianity's deepest and holiest mysteries. Jesus was born without human interaction, of divine concepcion, of a virgin who had never know a man. Gabriel explained it using two phrases: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,” and “the power of the Highest will overshadow you.”
Similar language in the Old Testament describes the clouds of glory resting on the tabernacle in the wilderness. In some mysterious ways the creative power of God was to rest on Mary as the clouds of glory had rested upon the ancient tabernacle. As a result, the child Mary bore would be called the Son of God.
Mary's response to Gabriel's message after being enlightened and clarified was simple and sincere: “Behold, the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” Then the Angel left her (Luke 1:38).
When we come face-to-face with God's wondrous plan for us – a plan that is always centered around Jesus Christ – there is no response better than: “Behold, I am your servant. Let it be to me according to your word.” Mary accepted and partnered with God in His divine plan of salvation through Jesus his only Son. It follows then that Mary would become the Mother of our Lord Jesus.
And the Apostle's Creed proclaimed God the Father Almighty and in Jesus Christ his only Son, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, died and was buried. On the third day arose again, ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of the Father and will come again to judge the living and the dead. Yes! We have a living Savior and He is coming again.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR.
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