He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.
—Luke 1:32-33

After Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to a son, in Luke 1:32-33 Gabriel gave her a fivefold description of this baby that was more exacting than any sonogram could have ever been.

Number one: “He will be great.” Every mother thinks her child is great, but this Child would be greater than anything any mother had ever experienced. There would be something extremely special about Him.

Number two: He “will be called the Son of the Most High.” In our culture we think the son is lesser than the father. That was not true in Jewish culture. The son of a great man was equal to the great man himself. The term “son” here refers to a description in Psalm 2:7 of the Messiah.

Number three: “the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.” This “throne” is a reference to 2 Samuel 7:16, in which God promised David that one of his descendants would be the Messiah who would sit on his throne.

Number four: “He will reign over the house of Jacob forever.” Israel’s history was littered with kings. Kings came and kings went, but this King of kings would reign forever.

Number five: “His kingdom will have no end.” This description referred not just to the duration of His kingdom but to the extent of His kingdom. This Child would rule over all of God’s creation for all time.

Mary responded with a question: “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (v. 34). Mary’s question was not asked out of unbelief; it was a logical question. She was saying, “Gabriel, I’ve never had sex. How am I going to give birth?” Look at Gabriel’s answer: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God’” (v. 35).

I think it is interesting that all three persons of the Godhead are mentioned in this verse. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you.” It was the Holy Spirit who gave life to this Child. “The power of the Most High” is a reference to God the Father. And for that reason the holy offspring will be called the Son of God, or Jesus.


Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Mary, Mary, Quite Extraordinary” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2016.

Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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