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A Special Baby: Rejoice    Luke 1:26-38, 42-48
(HCSB)     March 04, 2012


       Recently while having breakfast at McDonalds a man asked me if I had seen the program on television that talked about Mary Magdalene being the Mother of Jesus and that he had a sister? I told him no, but I deliberately try to avoid those kind of programs after seeing the names of the schools and the theologians. While in seminary I was exposed to most of these false theories and have found out over and over again the Word of God is reliable. As one of our evangelist said, “These liberal theologians could hold a crusade in a telephone booth and never draw a crowd.” Any teaching about Jesus must recognize we have been given

 A Special Baby: Rejoice. 


1.   Rejoice While . . Submitting. Luke. 1:26-38

       A.   Submit Even If You Don’t know . . How It Could Happen. v 26 -34

26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin

       27 engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the

       angel? came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was deeply

       troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. 30 Then the angel told her: Do

       not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth

       to a son, and you will call His name Jesus. 32 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. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob

       forever, and His kingdom will have no end. 34 Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not

       been intimate with a man?”


       B.   Submit Even If You Don’t Understand The Work of the . . Holy Spirit. v 35-38

35 The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will

       overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.

       36 And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth

       month for her who was called childless. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s

       slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.

       The question of Mary when she asked, “how can this be” has always been intriguing to me. No doubt some would reject and say this can not be because I am a virgin. I do not want to be pregnant and go through all the questioning I will receive. How would she explain this even to her mother and father? Perhaps they would understand and believe like her but she did not really protest but said, “may it be done to me according to your word.” I like that kind of willing submission. Did Mary previously experience the work of the Holy Spirit in her life? I do not believe we know for sure but the Angel convinced her of the possibilities before her. Mary is not to be worshiped but she is a special lady.


2.   Rejoice While . . Sharing. Luke. 1:39-44

       A.   Sharing . . Prompted by the Holy Spirit.    v 39-41

       39 In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah 40 where she entered

       Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

       41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the

       Holy Spirit.


       B.   Sharing . . Praised by Elizabeth and the Holy Spirit.     v 42-44

42 Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: “You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be

       blessed! 43 How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

       44 For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me!

      Mary took off immediately for her cousin Elizabeth’s house as she wanted to share and was prompted by the Holy Spirit to share with Elizabeth. Her cousin also had some miraculous information to share with Mary. The Baby John who would be know as John the Baptist leaped in the womb and Elizabeth began to praise God. It is interesting that she called this mother with an unborn child the “mother of her Lord.” The abortion advocates need to read this passage of scripture.


3.   Rejoice While the . . Spirit Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord. Luke. 1:45-48

       A.   Rejoice While the Spirit Leads Mary to . . Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord . v 45-46

       45 She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!”

       46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,


       B.   Rejoice While the Spirit . . Leads Mary to . . Project her Blessing from the Lord. v 47-48

47 and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,

       48 because He has looked with favor on the humble condition of His slave. Surely, from now on all

       generations will call me blessed,

      By this time Mary obviously is growing in her understanding of what has happened to her as she proclaims the greatness of the Lord. Her belief of what was happening to her grew every

day and this experience with Elizabeth certainly helped. Both extremes of becoming pregnant were miraculously used of the Lord as He impregnates a woman without the use of a male sperm and allows a lady past the time of being able to get pregnant to become the bearer of a special child. Mary projected the fact of her being a blessed woman and would receive blessings from all future generations. Truly this is A Special Baby: Rejoice. Amen? Amen!