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I Believe God Ordained Christ’s Birth

The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.' Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him 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, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.

Luke 1:28–33

Watch Week Four Day One

Jesus, Born of the Virgin Mary

We’ve heard the well-loved Christmas story so many times that we may risk losing the wonder of it all. Carefully read Gabriel’s announcement to Mary:
Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you! . . . Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. (Luke 1:28–33)

Mary, understandably perplexed asked, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God” (Luke 1:34–35).

In Gabriel’s announcement, we see the Trinity fully represented. Gabriel’s words come from God the Father, telling her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her, conceiving in her the Son of God. Each person of the Trinity participated in God the Son becoming man.

Jesus, Fully Man

When Jesus became man, He forever joined Himself to His creation, fully embracing our humanity. As a child, He had to learn (Luke 2:52). He became tired and had to rest at a well in Samaria (John 4:6). He felt hungry (Matthew 4:2). He faced temptations, just as we do. But in all of this, He never sinned. As Hebrews tells us, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (4:15). To save humanity, Christ had to become part of humanity. Only after He became fully man could He serve as our substitute on the cross and be our mediator with God. Being fully man and fully God, Christ alone could mediate between lost humanity and God almighty.

The Incarnation

Two thousand years ago, the angel Gabriel appeared to a teenage girl to give the most miraculous news the world had ever heard. God would send the one He had promised and that one would be God Himself. He fulfilled that promise in Jesus—fully God, fully man, yet one person. This is the miraculous incarnation.

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If we believe Jesus is fully God and fully man, how does this affect our relationship with Him?

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It can be an intimate one because it changes everything. Jesus being fully God and fully man experiencing all kinds of tribulations in the flesh so he knows exactly what we are going through. His own people rejected him just as we are rejected by those we love. He gives us his compassion his comfort knowing that we are not alone he tells us I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and why because he has been there!!!. He understands more than we think. He did not use any of his powers he dealt with everything that came his way. If we really take a moment and stop and think about the 40 days in the wilderness Jesus really did rely on prayer and God’s word to help him through. So my question is why do I find it so hard? I am not looking to be perfect I just want to be able to not stumble so much. If Jesus can do it why is it that I struggle?

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