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MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS (CC)

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LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS EVENING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US IN LUKE'S GOSPEL WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 1 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 26: IN THE SIXTH MONTH OF ELIZABETH'S PREGNANCY, GOD SENT THE ANGEL GABRIEL TO NAZARETH, A TOWN IN GALILEE, TO A VIRGIN PLEDGED TO BE MARRIED TO A MAN NAMED JOSEPH, A DESCENDANT OF DAVID. THE VIRGIN'S NAME WAS MARY. THE ANGEL WENT TO HER AND SAID, "GREETINGS, YOU WHO ARE HIGHLY FAVORED! THE LORD IS WITH YOU." MARY WAS GREATLY TROUBLED AT HIS WORDS AND WONDERED WHAT KIND OF A GREETING THIS MIGHT BE. BUT THE ANGEL SAID TO HER, "DO NOT BE AFRAID, MARY; YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD. YOU WILL CONCEIVE AND GIVE BIRTH TO A SON, AND YOU ARE TO CALL HIM JESUS. HE WILL BE GREAT AND WILL BE CALLED THE SON OF THE MOST HIGH. THE LORD GOD WILL GIVE HIM THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID, AND HE WILL REIGN OVER JACOB'S DESCENDANTS FOREVER; HIS KINGDOM WILL NEVER END." "HOW WILL THIS BE," MARY ASKED THE ANGEL, "SINCE I AM A VIRGIN?" THE ANGEL ANSWERED, "THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME ON YOU, AND THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH WILL OVERSHADOW YOU. SO THE HOLY ONE TO BE BORN WILL BE CALLED THE SON OF GOD. EVEN ELIZABETH YOUR RELATIVE IS GOING TO HAVE A CHILD IN HER OLD AGE, AND SHE WHO WAS SAID TO BE UNABLE TO CONCEIVE IS IN HER SIXTH MONTH. FOR NO WORD FROM GOD WILL EVER FAIL." "I AM THE LORD'S SERVANT," MARY ANSWERED. "MAY YOUR WORD TO ME BE FULFILLED." THEN THE ANGEL LEFT HER. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST: I THINK THAT THIS PORTION OF THE EVENTS THAT LEAD UP TO CHRIST'S BIRTH ARE FOR US ONE OF THOSE EVENTS THAT BEGIN TO BOGGLE OUR MIND AS GOD SENT THE ANGEL GABRIEL DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO GO TO MARY. TO TALK WITH HER; TO TELL HER THE WONDERFUL NEWS OF WHAT GOD WAS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH. I THINK WE HEAR THIS, YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT, AND THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS THAT WE WANT ANSWERS TO. SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SPECIFICS. OUR MIND WANTS TO FILL OUT THAT PICTURE, OF MARY, THAT SCRIPTURE LEAVES RATHER SPARSE. HOW OLD WAS SHE? WHAT WAS HER REACTION REALLY TO ALL OF THIS? OUR MIND WANTS MORE OF THOSE DETAILS. HOW DID THE ANGEL APPEAR TO HER? WAS THIS ALL THAT HE SAID? AND HOW WAS HER LIFE THE NEXT DAY? SO MANY THINGS THAT OUR MIND WANTS ANSWERS TO THAT IT CAN BECOME VERY EASY FOR US TO SEE WHAT THIS SPECIAL PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE REALLY SPEAKS TO US. WE KNOW THAT MARY HERSELF WAS CONFOUNDED! SHE WAS A LITTLE BEWILDERED BY WHAT WAS GOING ON ... THAT THIS ANGEL HAD APPEARED TO HER AND COME TO HER. AND SAID TO HER: YOU WHO ARE HIGHLY FAVORED. SHE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THIS GREETING. SHE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING. STANDING IN THAT PRESENCE OF ONE OF GOD'S MESSENGERS; SHE WAS FRIGHTENED! AND YET GABRIEL COMES TO HER WITH WORDS OF COMFORT: FOR HER NOT TO BE AFRAID! FOR HER NOT TO FEAR. BECAUSE THE LORD WAS GOING TO DO AN AMAZING THING. THAT SHE WAS GOING TO HAVE A CHILD. NOT JUST ANY CHILD. BUT A CHILD THAT WOULD BE THE SAVIOR OF ALL PEOPLE. HIS VERY NAME WOULD BE A REMINDER OF THAT. THE ANGEL SAID TO MARY: YOU WILL GIVE HIM THE NAME JESUS. IT MEANS: "HE SAVES". AND EVERY TIME SHE SPOKE THAT NAME, SHE WAS REMINDED OF WHAT GOD WAS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH. WHAT GOD WAS GOING TO USE HER TO ACCOMPLISH IN THIS WORLD IN SENDING THE CHRIST, THE MESSIAH, WHO WAS GOING TO BE THE KING OF GOD'S PEOPLE. WHO WOULD RULE THE CHURCH FOR ALL ETERNITY. WHO WOULD SIT ON THE THRONE OF HIS FOREFATHER DAVID. BUT WOULD BE SO MUCH GREATER THAN DAVID. BECAUSE HE WAS ENDLESS. HE WAS TIMELESS. AND HE WOULD NEVER CHANGE. MARY HEARS THOSE WORDS THAT GABRIEL SPOKE TO HER. AND YES, SHE HAD QUESTIONS. A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION REALLY: HOW CAN THIS BE SINCE I AM A VIRGIN? WHAT A SIMPLE TRUTH THAT MARY WANTED AN ANSWER TO! YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT I AM GOING TO HAVE A CHILD BUT I'M A VIRGIN. AND GABRIEL RESPONDS TO HER: YOU WILL BE CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOING TO CONCEIVE A CHILD IN YOU. THIS CHILD WILL BE THE SON OF GOD. AND YOUR RELATIVE, ELIZABETH, WHO EVERYONE THOUGHT WAS BARREN, IS ALSO GOING TO HAVE A CHILD AND SHE IS IN HER SIXTH MONTH. THE WORD OF GOD WILL NOT FAIL! AND MARY RESPONDS: THEN LET THAT WORD BE FULFILLED TO ME. WHAT A TREMENDOUS STATEMENT OF FAITH. WHAT A RESPONSE TO HEARING WHAT GOD HAS TOLD HER. WHAT GOD IS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH! WHAT GOD HAS PROMISED HIS PEOPLE FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS: THAT HE WOULD SEND A SAVIOR. AND MARY NOW KNOWS THAT GOD IS GOING TO KEEP HIS WORD. THAT GOD IS GOING TO KEEP HIS PROMISES. GOD'S WORD WILL BE FULFILLED. MARY DIDN'T DOUBT THAT. MARY WAS NOT CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THAT WAS GOING TO AFFECT HER LIFE. AND WE ALL KNOW IT HAD TO AFFECT HER LIFE. SHE WAS PLEDGED TO BE MARRIED TO SOMEONE. JOSEPH ... WHO SHE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH. HER FRIENDS WOULD KNOW. HER FAMILY WOULD KNOW. AND WE ALL KNOW HOW FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE WHEN THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF GOSSIP AND A LITTLE BIT OF SCANDAL. (WHISPERING) MARY! SHE'S PREGNANT! YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS! BECAUSE THAT'S HOW SATAN LIKES TO WORK. STIRRING UP TROUBLE BEHIND THE SCENES. AND YET WE DON'T KNOW WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED THERE, BUT WHAT WE ARE TOLD IS THE FAITH OF MARY. THAT ACCEPTED WHAT GOD SAID TO HER AS THE TRUTH. AND ACCEPTED IT AND WANTED IT TO BE FULFILLED TO HER. BECAUSE GOD WAS SENDING THE SAVIOR OF MANKIND. TO TAKE CARE OF MARY'S GREATEST NEED. AS WELL AS OUR GREATEST NEED. TO SAVE US FROM ETERNAL CONDEMNATION IN HELL. TO RELEASE US FROM THE GRIP THAT SATAN HAS ON US. TO TAKE US OUT OF THE DARKNESS OF SIN AND BRING US IN TO THE WONDERFUL LIGHT OF GOD. THIS EVENING WE HAVE BEFORE US A WOMAN OF FAITH. WHO HEARD THE MESSAGE OF GOD, BELIEVED IT, ACCEPTED IT, TRUSTED IT, AND EVEN ASKED GOD TO ACCOMPLISH IT IN HER LIFE. WHAT A REMINDER TO US AS WE GO THROUGH OUR LIFE WHEN WE KINDA WANNA STOP AND WONDER IF GOD IS REALLY GOING TO KEEP HIS WORD. IF GOD IS REALLY GOING TO KEEP HIS PROMISES. SOMETIMES THEY SEEM THAT THEY'RE A LONG WAY OFF OR MAYBE THAT GOD FORGETS THAT HE SAYS THAT HE'S GOING TO LOVE US. BECAUSE WE FIND OURSELVES IN SITUATIONS WHERE WE DON'T FEEL LOVED BY GOD. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE SATAN HAS CONVINCED US THAT WE TRULY ARE UNLOVABLE; THAT GOD COULDN'T LOVE US. BECAUSE OF OUR VERY CORE, OUR VERY NATURE. HE TAKES THAT SIN THAT IS OURS AND TWISTS IT AROUND AGAINST US SO THAT WE LOSE THE CONFIDENCE OF GOD'S WORDS. THOSE SIMPLE WORDS OF GOD: YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. WE HEAR THOSE WORDS. WE ACCEPT THOSE WORDS. AND WE TRUST THOSE WORDS IN OUR LIFE TO LIVE IN A LIFE OF FAITH. TO LIVE OUT OUR FAITH EACH AND EVERY DAY UNTIL CHRIST KEEPS HIS PROMISE TO COME AND TAKE US TO BE WITH HIM. WHETHER THAT BE ON OUR DEATHBED OR WHETHER IT BE THE DAY THAT HE RENDS THE HEAVENS, OPENS THE WINDOWS UP, TO SEE HIM WITH FACES THAT ARE JUST THRILLED TO KNOW ONCE AGAIN THAT GOD HAS KEPT HIS PROMISES. BUT WE REALIZE JUST LIKE MARY, BEING FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD HAS ITS CONSEQUENCES. BUT IT SHOULDN'T SHAKE US IN OUR FAITH. IT SHOULDN'T STOP US FROM HEARING GOD'S WORD AND ACCEPTING IT AS THE TRUTH THAT IT IS. WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE ALL MESSAGES FROM GOD SILENCED, NOT JUST DILUTED DOWN TO POLITICAL SPEACH. BUT JUST TO HAVE IT SILENCED ... AS HATE SPEACH, AS OUTDATED. AND IT'S A REMINDER TO US THAT SOMETIMES WE FIND OURSELVES AS CHRISTIANS, IN DIFFICULT POSITIONS. DIFFICULT POSITIONS ... JUST LIKE MARY. BUT WHAT DO WE DO IN THOSE POSITIONS? DO WE NOT FIGHT? DO WE JUST TRY TO HIDE? DO WE WALK AWAY? OR DO WE, LIKE MARY, TURN TO THE PROMISES OF GOD? WHO HAS SAVED US! WHO HAS REDEEMED US! WHO HAS PROMISED TO BE WITH US TO THE VERY END OF THE AGE. WHO HAS PROMISED TO SEND HIS ANGELS TO GUARD AND PROTECT US. TO KEEP OUR FOOT FROM EVEN STUMBLING. THAT HE IS OUR LORD AND HE WILL NOT LEAVE US NOR WILL HE FORSAKE US. TO HEAR THOSE PROMISES OF GOD, IT LIGHTENS OUR HEARTS. IT ALSO LIGHTENS THE BURDEN THAT WE THINK WE NEED TO CARRY OUT ON OUR OWN. INSTEAD OF TURNING TO THE STRENGTH OF OUR LORD WHO IS THAT MIGHTY FORTRESS, WHO IS OUR GREAT PROTECTOR, THE ONE WHO HAS CONQUERED SIN AND DEATH AND HELL ON OUR BEHALF STANDS AND FIGHTS WITH US. IN THE MIDST OF GOSSIP. IN THE MIDST OF LIES. IN THE MIDST OF OUTRIGHT HATRED. FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE AND TEACH. AND WHAT WE PROCLAIM. BUT WE STAND AS GOD'S CHILDREN FIRM IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. WE STAND WITH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR WHO IS UNCHANGING. WHO IS ETERNAL. WHO RULES THIS WORLD FROM THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD AS WE WERE REMINDED OF IN THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS. RULES IT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CHURCH TO BRING US SAFELY HOME. TO TRUST HIS WORD. TO ACCEPT THAT WORD. TO KNOW IT IN OUR LIVES. AND TO NOT LET ANYTHING STOP US FROM BELIEVING IT AND LIVING IT. BECAUSE WE, LIKE MARY, LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS FILLED WITH SIN. BUT OUR LORD HAS GIVEN TO US A SAVIOR. HE HAS SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON. BY HIS VERY SON! AND WE KNOW THAT WE ARE HIS OWN. LET US NOW LIVE OUR ADVENT FAITH. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 15 minutes and 27 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Producer: R & M
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Posted by: hischild on Feb 2, 2016

This captioned sermon is based on Luke, Chapter 1, verses 26 through 38. www.ziontorrance.info

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