Every mother thinks her child is extraordinary, a little prince or princess. But can you imagine Mary’s shock when Gabriel arrives to tell her that not only is she pregnant as a virgin, but her child is a King, the Savior of the world?
In Luke 1, Gabriel delivers his announcement of the coming Christ-child with a description of who Jesus would be. Gabriel’s descriptions echo and reinforce that the One foretold is indeed the One who came and eventually sacrificed Himself for the very ones He created.
1. “He will be great.” (Luke 1:32)
Every mother thinks her child is great, but Gabriel had something more in mind here. The prophet Isaiah made some strong statements about this Christ child in Isaiah 9: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” No one else could step into those shoes but King Jesus.
2. “He will be the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:32)
In our culture we tend to think of the son of someone great as somewhat lesser than the father. Jews understand the son is equal to the father. Psalm 2:7 makes it clear that this phrase “Son of the Most High” is a reference to the long-awaited Messiah. There are some strong statements landing on this baby’s shoulders.
3. “He will have the throne of David.” (Luke 1:32)
This is an obvious reference to the Messianic prophecy given in 2 Samuel 7:16 when God promised to David one who could come after him who would rule on his throne forever. Jesus was of the house and lineage of David and was even born in David’s hometown, Bethlehem.
4. “He will rule over the house of Jacob forever.” (Luke 1:33)
Israel’s history was littered with fallen kings, no one had ruled over Israel forever. But Mary’s son would rule as a servant King who came to seek and save the lost, even when His own did not accept Him.
5. “His kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:33)
This description communicates both the duration and scope of this kingdom – forever without end. Messiah would rule not only over Israel, but over all nations. One day He will return as conquering King and every knee will bow and every tongue confess He is Lord.
Jesus was everything promised and more. He chose to humble himself in the form of a man despite His identity as God of the universe. As a young Jewish girl, Mary knew the Old Testament Scriptures well. She knew from this description that Gabriel was not only announcing that the long-awaited Savior, but that she was the one who would deliver him. Her King was coming. Yours already came!
Written by the First Dallas Staff
Adapted from the message "Mary, Mary, Quite Extraordinary" by Dr. Robert Jeffress