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Sharing Kingdom Greatness

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Learning from the angel Gabriel how to share in the attributes of true Kingdom Greatness.

Text: Luke 1:13-17
Date: 01/17/2021, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 3

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After suddenly appearing to Zechariah in the Holy Place of the Temple, the angel Gabriel shares the message he has been sent to deliver. Zechariah and Elizabeth are to have a son-- even in their old age. The angel goes on to describe in part what will make this child great in the eyes of the Lord. We will analyze these attributes of greatness and discuss how Luke once again grounds his narrative in the Redemptive History of Israel as he tells the story of the Incarnation. Ultimately we will apply these attributes to ourselves and discover the startling fact that we as Christians are called to emulate these same attributes and thereby share (to a degree) with Zechariah's son in true Kingdom Greatness.

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I. Introduction, Luke 9:48, 13:30.
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 1:13-17.
A. Context
B. The annunciation of the herald of Christ.
1. The birth announcement, vs. 13, Isa. 40:3.
a. Assuaging Zechariah's fear, Luke 1:12.
b. Zechariah's answered prayer.
i. Which prayer?
ii. God's Providential work in the lives of His people.
c. A "heavenly-prescribed name".
2. A cause for rejoicing, vs. 14.
a. Zechariah and Elizabeth's rejoicing.
b. The world's rejoicing, Gen. 12:3.
3. A man of God, vs. 15.
a. Great before the Lord, vs. 15a.
i. The opposite of "greatness before the world".
ii. Defining Kingdom Greatness, Matt. 11:11, John 1:31-32,29.
iii. A valuable lesson, Mark 8:34-35.
b. A man of the Kingdom, vs. 15b.
i. Not filled with wine.
ii. Filled with the Holy Spirit.
iii. A call for all Christians, Eph. 5:17-18.
c. A definitive statement of election, vs. 15c.
i. The language of election, Isa. 49:1, Jer. 1:5.
ii. Probing the meaning, Gal. 1:15-16.
4. The agent of change, vs. 16.
a. The language of conversion.
b. The Lord "their" God, Psa. 78:1.
5. Defining John's function, vs. 17.
a. The "Elijah to come", Mal. 4:5.
i. Scriptural support, John 1:21, Matt. 11:13-14, 1Kings 18:18, Matt. 14:4, 3:7.
ii. John's primary function, Luke 3:4.
b. Turning fathers to their children, Mal. 4:6.
i. Harmony within the family.
ii. The emphasis on "fathers".
iii. An environment ripe for conversion.
c. Turning the disobedient to wisdom, Acts 2:44-47, 4:32-33.
d. Preparing hearts for the Messiah, Luke 3:3,5-6, Matt. 3:1-2.
III. Application
A. Summary
B. Sharing John's greatness.
1. To see Christ in you.
2. To speak the truth with boldness.
3. To herald the good news of the King, Luke 3:18.
IV. Conclusion

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