|What The Bible Says - Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
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Msg #1151 The Annunciation, The Son of God
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
The angel Gabriel's annunciation to Mary contains tremendous insight for those who believe. “Hail thou that are highly favored.” Certainly you and mankind are highly favored by God, “For God SO loved the world!” But the once in eternity miracle about to unfold in Mary is what makes her the highly favored here. “The Lord is with thee.” Certainly the Lord has made promise to every believer, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”, but for Mary, in this instance, the Lord with her is essential. “Blessed art thou among women.” A phrase so mimicked by apostate Mary worshipers that it really needs to be more fully analyzed. To be 'blessed' is to be in a position where God does something for you that cannot be humanly accomplished. Without a divine, supernatural intervention there is no blessing. The response to a sneeze is of ten “Bless you!”, because your heart just now momentarily stopped and God allowed it to start again. The salutation “May the Lord bless you.”, is made as a request that the Lord do something for you that is otherwise humanly impossible. Mary was blessed among women, not because of her character, nor her attributes nor heritage, but because God was about to perform the once in eternity miracle whereby she would be the mother of His Only Begotten Son. This Saviour, Prophet, Priest and King, this Son of God would “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: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Everything promised about the Messiah was being fulfilled and reiterated in this annunciation.
An Essay for week #51 Sun, Dec 25, 11
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