25 March 2014Luke 1:26-38
“[Mary,] you will conceive in our womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever.” (vv. 31-33)
In this passage Luke's Gospel gives us three answers to the identity of Jesus or who Jesus is:
- Jesus is Saviour: the child to be born will be named Jesus (God saves or the Lord saves)
- Jesus is the Son of God: he will be called "Son of the Most High"
- Jesus is king: the throne of his ancestor David will be given to him.
Jesus fulfils many Old Testament prophecies made hundreds of years before his birth. This makes his birth the most important birth in human history. In fact, his birth divides world history into two parts: BC and AD (Before and at the time of our Lord). Jesus is God-man (Immanuel - God with us). In him God's love, God's wisdom and God's power became manifest. This Jesus is the embodiment of God's grace. The apostle Paul says, "for you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9).
- Who is Jesus to you today?