Read Luke 1
Jesus would have been born with a sinful nature like Adam if Joseph had been His biological father. This would have made Jesus a sinner like all mankind, and thus, unable to be the sinless substitute for our sins. But Gabriel, the angel messenger of Good News, came to Mary and said: You are highly favored, the Lord is with you. . . . Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His Name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to Him the throne of His father David. . . . The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that Holy One which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:28,31-32,35).
Luke records that Mary was troubled at his (the angel's) saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be (1:29). Joseph was even more troubled, and contemplated ending his legal engagement to Mary, but the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take to yourself Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:20-21).
How comforting this must have been to Mary. Instead of living under suspicion, there was a miraculous confirmation to Joseph of her virginity.
The miracle of the conception of Jesus had been revealed by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before, when he foretold: The virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel (God with us). . . . The government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).
Isaiah spoke of "the one" virgin in the history of mankind who would conceive miraculously by the Holy Spirit, and they shall call His Name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matthew 1:23). Jesus' birth showed His unique nature as both God and man.
The prophet Micah foretold that the Messiah, whose goings forth have been . . . from everlasting (Micah 5:2), would be born in Bethlehem of Judah. This small town, about six miles south of Jerusalem, was called the City of David, for that is where David had grown up.
Following the birth of John the Baptist, his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He has visited and redeemed His people, And has raised up a Horn (Power and Authority) of salvation for us in the house of His servant David . . . to remember His Holy Covenant . . . which He made to our father Abraham . . . that we . . . might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life (Luke 1:67-75).
Word Studies: 1:40 saluted means greeted; embraced; 1:46 magnify means exalt, praise; 1:54 holpen means come to the help of.
For Luke 1:17: See Mal. 4:6. Luke 1:50: See Psa. 103:17. Luke 1:53: See Psa. 107:9. Luke 1:71: See Psa. 106:10. Luke 1:76: See Mal. 3:1. Luke 1:79: See Isa. 9:1-2; 59:8.
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