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Worshiping the Son of El Elyon

by Rev. Kirby Williams

The announcement of the birth of the Son of God Most High.

Text: Luke 1:26-33
Date: 01/31/2021, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 5

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After 400 years of silence, God's revelation comes again after only five months. The scene dramatically shifts from a priest in the central city of Jerusalem, to a teenage peasant girl in the middle of nowhere. Once again the archangel Gabriel brings astounding news-- the virgin will bring forth a child. But not just any child, He will be the King of kings, the long awaited Messiah-- the Son of the Most High. As we make our way through this delightful and well-known text, we will carefully consider the nature of this world-changing announcement and then analyze some of the themes and tensions Luke is developing in His Gospel. But ultimately, when we consider God's incomprehensible plan of Redemption, and what He is actually doing in order to save us, we will realize that all we can do is worship-- worship the Son of El Elyon!

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 1:26-33.
A. Context
B. The Annunciation of the Christ.
1. Gabriel sent from God, vs. 26.
a. The sixth month.
b. The Angelic "Apostler", Luke 1:19.
c. The humble destination, Matt. 2:23.
2. Introducing Mary, vs. 27.
a. Mary was a virgin.
i. The fulfillment of Scripture, Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:22-23.
ii. Totally unique in history.
b. Mary was betrothed to Joseph.
i. Hebrew betrothal.
ii. Joseph's lineage, Gen. 49:9, 2Sam. 7:16.
c. Mary's name.
d. Calculating the odds, Mal. 4:5-6, Matt. 4:15-16, Matt. 2:23, Isa. 7:14, Zech. 13:1, Isa. 16:5.
e. Noticing the comparison, Rev. 22:3.
3. Gabriel's greetings, vs. 28.
a. An everyday greetings.
b. The favor of the Lord.
i. Mary "full of grace".
ii. The Lord's gracious oversight.
4. Mary's concern, vs. 29.
a. She is confused.
b. She is conscious of her sinfulness, Isa. 6:5, Luke 5:8, 1:47-48.
5. Assuaging her fear, vs. 30.
6. The angel's message, vs. 31-33.
a. The announcement of conception, vs. 31, John 5:19, Isa. 9:6, Matt. 1:21.
b. The Son of God, vs. 32a.
i. The greatness of Jesus, Luke 1:15.
ii. The Son of the Most High.
• Eternal greatness, John 1:14, Heb. 1:3, John 15:5.
• Divine lineage, Gen. 14:18, Isa. 6:1-4.
c. The King of kings, vs. 32b-33.
i. The throne of David, 2Sam. 7:12-13.
ii. The house of Jacob, Gen. 46:27, Ex. 19:3, Gal. 6:16, Rom. 2:28-29.
iii. The eschatological Kingdom, Dan. 7:13-14.
III. Application
A. The doctrine of Humiliation, Phil. 2:5-11.
B. Worshiping the King, Isa. 42:8, Dan. 7:18, Isa. 9:6-7, Rev. 11:15.
IV. Conclusion

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