The Birth Of Jesus Solves Another Paradox
There is a verse in the Bible that I always remember about Mary in Luke 2:19: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Even though its after Christmas, lets review of the story of the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary. The Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 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, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon 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, that is Emmanuel. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
You know so much happened to Mary, this young Jewish teenager during these 3 years of her life, starting from the year before Jesus was born until about 2 years after Jesus was born. Starting from the time she was engaged to Joseph to be married, what an exciting and stressful and happy time for her. I like the movie Nativity that shows Mary being a typical teenager and not completely sure that she wants to grow up, showing her as many teenagers do, especially girls, alternating between acting like a child and over-acting like an adult. Was she sure she was ready to make this transition to adulthood? Was she was ready to be a wife to Joseph? In the movie you see trying to take a few more times, playing with the kids in the neighborhood. But at the same time she is excited and flushed about her love for Joseph and the excitement of marriage. Then comes this wondrous visit by the angel Gabriel. Wow! What is this all about?! The Lord has chosen her? She can hardly believe it but she trusts and obeys. And the angel Gabriel gives her some proof that what he was saying was true by telling her something that no-one in her village knew about yet. That her cousin Elizabeth was expecting a child in her old age. A miracle in itself. The visit by the angel Gariel – was another matter to treasure in her heart and to ponder for such a young girl. [So Mary goes off to visit her cousin to see and verify this announcement by the angel Gariel. And then another marvelous thing happens: Her cousin Elizabeth on seeing Mary come to visit her is filled with the Holy Spirit and makes these statements to Mary] Lets continue with Luke 1:39: Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried, she hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s baby [to become John the baptist] leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice Elizabeth exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 Did you notice that verse, “blessed is the child you will bear”. Now how did Elizabeth know that Mary was pregnant. Only by the work of the Holy Spirit who did this to encourage both Mary and Elizabeth in the roles they would play in the Lord’s plan of Salvation! Let’s continue, then Elizabeth says something even more amazing. She says, “But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
Isn’t this amazing. The bible never quibbles about who Jesus was. He was the only begotten Son of God.] Here we see Elizabeth being moved by the Holy Spirit to announce these words, did you catch them, she said, “But why am I, that is Elizabeth, so favored that the mother of my Lord (that is Mary) should come to visit me.” “But why am I Elizabeth so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to visit me.” Noticed that she is calling Mary, her younger cousin, the mother of her Lord and therefore saying that the baby to be born to Mary is her Lord. How could a baby (Jesus) who was not yet born be the Lord of Elizabeth? It could only be so --- if Jesus, who was not yet born as a man, was God himself, Emmanuel, God with us in the Flesh. Now let me show you how this relates to something in the old testament. Note that David said the same thing hundreds of years earlier and it was a verse that was a stumbling block to the wise Jewish teachers for centuries when David says in Psalm 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.# Then back in the New Testament, Jesus questions and teases the teachers of this law with this Paradox, in Mark 12:35. 35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, Jesus asked , “How is it that the teachers of the law say that the Christ# is to be the son of David? 36 when David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’# Jesus continues to say: 37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” Jesus is asking the teachers of the Law, how can the Messiah who David calls his Lord be David’s son when he will not yet to be born for hundreds of years? # You see the only way that the coming Messiah could be the son of David and yet at the same time already be the Lord of David. The only way this could be true is that if the Messiah to come would be God in the flesh, a man-God, Emmanuel, God with us, God who has existed from eternity. And Elizabeth is saying the same thing, that she is privileged to be visited by the mother of the Messiah and the Messiah is already her Lord. [Elizabeth’s Lord because the Messiah would be God himself, who has existed from eternity.] So you see how this paradox stated by David, as he was moved to say and record those words in the Psalm 110, hundreds of years before the Messiah was born, was resolved by the Virgin Birth of the Messiah, Jesus who was Emmanuel, God with us in the flesh.
I hope you find incouragment from these wondrous words and wondrous events recorded in the Bible. I hope you are encouraged to see how everything in the Bible is related and fits together in an elegant God inspired way. Praise be to the Lord.
You know I want to give my thanks to all the scribes over the centuries who meticulously and methodically recorded and copied from one older manuscript to another newer copy of the Old Testament manuscript. These Jewish scribes humbled themselves and copied these manuscripts even when they did not fully understand all the words they were writing. They copied verses like in Genesis where it says “We created man in our own image.” They honestly and truthfully recorded that even though they believed that Our God is One and did not fully understand why God had written “We” “We created man in our, yes our image.” The words describe the Trinity. And they also recorded what David said that the Messiah would be a descendant of his but that this same Messiah was already David’s Lord and Master. Because the Messiah would be God himself, Emmanuel, God with us.