Luke 1 The story about the birth of Christ. Part 1:1-35

Sometimes we forget that “Satan” has his own ambassadors. They are astute at the craft of deception. They will spin a tale about one’s weakness and even more implausible, God’s inability to protect us from Satan’s wiles, temptations, and storytelling. God had a plan from day one. That plan included the following. In a galaxy far far away The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit determined that it was time for “The Son’s prophecy to Abraham to come about.” So, Luke began the story that changed to the destiny of Humanity.

The Book of Luke was written about c 58-50 and it was written to Theophilus by Paul’s beloved physician, Luke. (See the Britannica’s expose on Luke here.) There are many discussions about who Theophilus was; some people think that the word Theophilus means (theo = “God; philos = “friend”.)
Combined the word means “friend or lover of God.”
That is not as important as the message that was sent to him; therefore, I will not dwell on it. The purpose of the ebook of luke was clearly stated “That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.” Compare this sentence in the many versions of the Bible and one will create a mental image of Luke’s intent. [Click here to see the versions.]

1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Excerpts are from the Book of Luke. Bible Gateway. Com.

I found it fascinating that Luke clarified the source of his writings. This was not a word of mouth event. Yes, he did determine that he was going to chronicle the “things” that we believe. But it was based on the best evidence “eyewitness” testimony. The Old Testament (OT) talks about that when one is adjudicating a matter.

See: OT Deuteronomy 19:15; Numbers 35:30  Deuteronomy 17:6 

The New Testament (NT) also speaks about eyewitnesses.

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 1And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 7, And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. What would you do, today, if an angel of the Lord appeared before you and started to tell you what would happen to you? Well, let’s just make it even more real. You have been unable to conceive a child for your entire marriage and now, really, now you’re supposed to believe that your OLD wife is going to give birth? We will say that we believe it, but the truth is that we probably would not. It takes a lot of faith to accept this huge miracle. Today, many people would say that they would definitely believe this miracle. Well here is the rub, we can’t even follow the scientific evidence regarding this virus. I don’t think that – without this story as our guide – that we would automatically believe the angel

19 And the angel answering said unto him, [I will interject our vernacular her, “Let me just remind you who I said I am. Do you remember the angel who talked to Daniel? The one who fought the demons and had to call on Michael to help me? Right. I am that same angel!”

He said, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

21 And the people waited for Zacharias and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. I remember telling someone – some many years ago, that the Lord revealed something to me. Their response was, “incredulous!” So, how was “Z” suppose to convince the people out there who had forgotten that the same YHWH that parted the Red Sea, is the one to whom they were praying at that very same time? Remember they were under Roman occupation. They forgot about all the prophecies that told them what would happen to them if they did NOT obey YHWH. But God.

23 And it came to pass, that as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, God said it would happen and it did. The next time someone proclaims a prophecy over your life. Take it and receive it as long as it lines up with God’s will for your life.

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. 26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

Now it is Mary’s turn.

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her. Basically, he said, “don’t worry, Mary. You are going to have a baby.” Yes, in a society where you will be stoned to death for becoming pregnant outside of marriage, I am telling you that you are going to have a baby.” Also, Jewish girls of that period usually became engaged when they were twelve or thirteen years old. Actually, for legal purposes, this engagement was regarded as the first stage of a marriage. However, the girl would normally remain with her parents for about a year before living with her husband and consummating the marriage. Poor Joseph would also have been shamed because he breached the marriage contract or allowed his wife, who became pregnant by another person, to remain his wife. (See this explanation.)

Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall 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: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom, there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 

Mary was stymied. What would you do if your daughter came to you and told you that she was pregnant but she never had intercourse with anyone? You would tell her that she was telling an untruth, wouldn’t you? No to mention the absolute shame that you would have experienced from your neighbors when they found out that your “loose daughter” was pregnant! Those are the kind of words that we would have used, aren’t they? So, the angel explained to her how it would happen.

What is the reason for this season?

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The story of sin begins in the Garden of Eden.

The Fall of Mankind

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”  He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”  And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”  The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”   Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman,  and between your offspring  and hers; [HERE IS THE CAVEAT] he  [Jesus] will crush your head,  and you [Satan] will strike his heel.”   .. . . . And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”  So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3). [2]

What was the Atonement for the sin committed in Eden?

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.” (Hebrews 9:22).[3]

What does this have to do with us today?

“For all [ all of mankind since Adam and Eve; since the flood even] have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).[4]

The penalty of sin is death.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). [5] This is where it becomes exciting for everyone.  A man was redeemed!

The Redemption of Man

For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this (Isaiah 9:6-7). 

Why was this child born? 

 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 2:2).

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

See, my servant will act wisely;     he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.  Just as there were many who were appalled at him his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness so he will sprinkle many nations,  and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see,   and what they have not heard, they will understand. (Isaiah 52:13-15).

Sin is the reason for this season; the sin of our forefathers and our own sins.  But, remember that Jesus Christ came as the perfect gift.  He offers you that perfect today.  He offers himself to you as a priceless Christmas gift.  The best Christmas gift that you could ever receive is salvation.  He offers it to you freely.  Will you accept it?  If you do then say this prayer and ask Him into your heart?

“Lord Jesus I have sinned and I ask you to forgive me of my sins.  I accept you as my Lord and Savior.  Come into my soul and accept me as your child. Amen!”   After you have said this prayer, click the contact us button and let us know.  We will locate a church for you so you can grow in the knowledge of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

[1] Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009).

[2] Read the whole chapter here.

The Blood of Christ

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a] he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption.13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

16 In the case of a will,[d] it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool, and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”[e] 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. 23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Hebrews 9:11-28).

[4] Romans 3

[5] Romans 6

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