Jesus, the Holy One, is the One prophesied about from ancient times, fulfilling all of them in His life and death. No one is like Him- born of the virgin, Mary.

ROBERT >> Jesus is the holy one, and it’s only because of him that we can be made holy and live holy lives. In fact, several places in the New Testament speak of Jesus, the holy one. The first of these is found in Luke chapter 1, where we see that Jesus the holy one is in fact the one born of God.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> In Luke chapter 1 we’re introduced to Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth. They are both now in their older age, and she is barren and past the age of child bearing. But it’s when Zacharias is serving in the temple as priest that suddenly Gabriel the angel appears to him and promises him and his wife a child. In fact, Elizabeth would give birth to John the Baptizer, who would prepare the way of the Lord, announce the coming of the long-awaited Messiah. Elizabeth is now six months pregnant with John when Gabriel appears again, this time to a young woman to announce that she will give birth to Jesus the holy one.

Look with me here in Luke 1:26, and let’s read it together. “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women! But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end. Then Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I do not know a man? And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible. Then Mary said Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.”

Here in this reading from Luke chapter 1, we read about Jesus the holy one, the one born of God. And there are three things that I want us to notice from this passage about Jesus the holy one.

First of all, I want us to notice his blessed mother, Mary, how this young woman, a virgin, would give birth to the long-awaited Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God. But this is something that goes all the way back to Genesis 3:15. So turn back in your Bibles to the very beginning when God made the man and the woman. And of course you remember that it wasn’t long until we read about the old serpent coming along and tempting them so that they sinned against God. And after man had sinned, God immediately promised a savior that would overcome that old serpent.

Let’s take a look at it here in Genesis 3:15 as God speaks to that serpent. Here’s what he said: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

You see in this reading how that there would be a great battle, a spiritual struggle between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. That is, really between God, Jesus Christ, his people, and on the other side, Satan and those who would follow him and work for him. But specifically, it mentions here how the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent and how that the serpent would bruise his heel. And it is true that the seed of the woman, Jesus the Christ, would be born into this world and would conquer Satan. He would bruise his head, overcoming sin and death at the cross of Calvary.

Oh, yes, it would hurt Jesus Christ. We could say that the old serpent would bruise his heel because he would put great suffering, even death, upon the Lord Jesus Christ as he came in the flesh in the body; but we can also see here that ultimately this seed of the woman, that Messiah, that Christ, Jesus, would in fact conquer Satan and win the war.

I think you can see here from the very beginning the importance of women in the Bible. Though woman was the first to commit sin against God and she was able to get her husband to join her in that sin, the one who would defeat the serpent would come from a woman. Isaiah had also prophesied about this.

Look in Isaiah 7:14. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

Now, there are many who may have probably understood this as just some young maiden; but the New Testament makes it clear that she was not just a young maiden, but in fact a virgin, a virgin indeed. As we look at the New Testament account, and let’s look at it together in a couple of places, first in Matthew 1:18, we’ll see how the New Testament writers interpreted the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 concerning the virgin that will conceive and bring forth a son.

Matthew 1:18, the Bible says, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. You see here that this is one, a child that was not conceived naturally, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

And in verse 23, Matthew describes it even further. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.”

Here, Matthew quotes from Isaiah 7:14 and reminds us that this child born of this virgin would in fact be called Immanuel, God with us.

Turning back to Luke chapter 1 that we read just a few moments ago, I want you to notice again verse 27 “To a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”

And in verse 34 the Bible says, “Then Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

So here was indeed in fact a virgin from which the Messiah, the Christ would be born. Of all the women in Israel, Mary was chosen by God to give birth to this child. She was indeed favored by God and she was blessed by God.

Look in Luke 1:28. Here it says, “And having come in, the angel said to her, Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

And then notice also in verse 30, The angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. This blessing and this favor that God bestowed upon this virgin woman, this was acknowledged by a woman later on during Jesus’ ministry. But I want you to notice how Jesus emphasized the greater blessing.

Look with me in Luke 11:27-28. Here the Bible says, “It happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You! But He said, More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

We thank God today for Mary because of her faith and because of her service to God; but some have taken this way out of perspective so that now there’s a whole doctrine of Maryolatry, or Mary worship. But she was a sinner just as you and I. She is not the savior.

If you notice here in Luke chapter 1, look down in verse 47, where we read about Mary’s praise to God, and notice how she begins this song of praise. “And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”

You see, she recognized that she was a sinner in need of a savior, and God was her savior. She was a maidservant, not the Lord. She was blessed, but she was not the blesser. So we do not bow down to her, nor pray to her, nor look to her for blessing, nor do we see her as our savior and our Lord; but rather we see her as a child of God, one blessed by God, and we look to the child that God blessed her with, Jesus, the holy one.

There’s something else I want you to see from Luke chapter 1 regarding Jesus the holy one. I want you to see his miraculous conception. “ All of this that was happening that the angel said would happen to Mary was incomprehensible to her.” She didn’t understand how this could ever be possible.

And so look what she says in verse 34 of Luke chapter 1. “Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And then look how the angel explained this to her in verse 35. “And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

You see here how the angel explained to her that this birth would not be a natural birth, but it would be miraculous. This would be a miraculous conception.

As we read in Matthew 1:18,” by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

And as you also read in Matthew 1:20. “The angel assured Mary about this.”

If you’ll look here in verse 36 and verse 37, notice what the angel says here in Luke chapter 1 as he continues to speak to Mary. “ Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.”

You see, he wants Mary to know that God has already been working miracles, and he takes her back to her relative Elizabeth. Elizabeth was in her old age. She was past the age of child bearing. And it was the power of God that enabled her to conceive and to bear the child John. And so Mary, the angel says, nothing is impossible with God.

We may not always understand how God could do something, but we believe God can do the impossible. I know many are skeptical, and I’m glad we have this record here from Luke, who was a physician, an educated man, a man of science. He was able to check out this story about Mary and about Elizabeth and their children, how Elizabeth could have this child in old age, how Mary, a virgin, could produce a child. He could check it all out. He could investigate, he could interview, he could search the evidence and verify the story. Not only that, but you remember Luke who gave us this account was also a coworker and a companion of the inspired apostle Paul.

Paul who also could have confirmed it all. And he was, Luke himself, inspired to write down these things.

Look what Luke wrote at the very beginning of his book in Luke 1:1-4. “Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.”

Luke wants to assure Theophilus to whom he wrote this book that the things that he’s writing here are certain, they’re sure, they’re true. And of course we also have Matthew’s inspired record as well. It really did happen. Just as the Bible says, Jesus the holy one was conceived by the Holy Spirit. But now I also want you to notice this about Jesus the holy one, and that’s his marvelous name.

You see here in Luke 1:31 the angel said, Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.”

The Greek Jesus. It comes from the Hebrew Joshua, as we translate it. It means Yahweh, our savior.

In Matthew 1:21 you see this very thing. “When the child was to be born, the angel said, She will bring forth a son, and you shall call His name Jesus; for He will save His people from their sins.”

Yahweh our savior. Yahweh, the name used exclusively of the one God of the Bible, which consists of three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This child, Jesus Christ, is Yahweh our savior. He is called also the Son of the highest.

Look in Luke 1:32. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest.”

And then notice also in verse 35. “And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

The Son of the Highest, the Son of God. He had a human mother, but no human father. He is the Son of God. He was also called Immanuel, God with us.

You remember our quote from Isaiah 7:14, where Isaiah prophesied this would be his name, and how Matthew quoted that in Matthew 1:23 and interpreted it for us, “Immanuel, God with us.”

This is something that helps us to understand the real nature of Jesus, this one who was born of the virgin. This was not the beginning of his existence. In fact, he existed from eternity. He is one of the three persons of God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Son was there in the beginning.

Look in John 1:1 when God made this universe. And in this passage you’ll see where Jesus Christ is referred to as the Word as he is the express image of his person according to Hebrews 1:3.

But look what it says here in John 1:1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

There he was already in existence as God would create this universe. He’d always been with God, and he is God, that is, that is his very nature and his very essence. He is divine.

He is deity. But this divine one, look at verse 14, “Became flesh and dwelt among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Son, full of grace and truth.”

This one became one of us. He took on the flesh. He became a human as he was born into this world, grew up in this world, and even suffered and died for this world. In verse 18 the Bible says, No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. Yes, Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

We see this further in Philippians the 2nd chapter, if you’ll look with me there in verses 5 through 11. In verse 5 of Philippians 2 the apostle Paul says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

So this one, Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, who had been with God, that divine deity, he became one of us. He became a servant. He gave his life for our sins at Calvary. And being raised from the dead, God exalted him. God gave him a name above every name. He returned to his former glory.

In Colossians the 1st chapter we also read some more about this one. In Colossians 1:15, the apostle Paul says that, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

He is preeminent over all things because he is the creator of all things. In Colossians 2:9 the Bible says, “In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

He is of his very nature and essence God, divine, deity. We see this in Hebrews the 1st chapter, where he is demonstrated to be superior to the angels, these mere creatures of God, as one who is in fact God.

Look at Hebrews chapter 1 for just a moment. I want to read this passage before we leave our lesson today.

Hebrews chapter 1. Here the Father speaks to the Son. It’s a quotation from the Old Testament scriptures. But to the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.”

Yes, Jesus is God. He’s our savior. He’s our Lord.

SINGING>> On Zion’s glorious summit stood
a numerous host redeemed by blood.
They hymned their king in strains divine.
I heard the song and strove to join.
I heard the song and strove to join.
While everlasting ages roll eternal love shall feast their soul,
and scenes of bliss forever new rise in succession to their view,
rise in succession to their view.
Holy, holy,
holy Lord, God of hosts on high adored.
Who like me thy praise should sing,
oh almighty king?
Holy, holy,
holy Lord. God of hosts on high adored.
Holy, holy, holy.

SINGING>> I know that my redeemer lives
and ever prays for me.
I know eternal life he gives
from sin and sorrow free.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know that over yonder stands
a place prepared for me,
a home, a house not made with hands,
most wonderful to see.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven,
sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me
it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven,
sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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