To Whom Does Jesus Come?
Luke 1:26, 31-33
Introduction: In the Gospel of Luke the birth of Jesus is foretold. The Lord sends a messenger who comes to Mary the very peasant girl who will give Him birth. To whom does Jesus come? Jesus comes with comfort to him who waits.
In Luke 1:26 we read: “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to
Nazareth, a town in
Galilee,” The mention of 's
"sixth month" establishes a link between Jesus and the prophet John
the Baptist. Elizabeth
was a small town off the main trade routes. Its insignificant size contrasts
with Nazareth ,
where Gabriel's previous appearance had taken place. Jn 1:46 records the
negative Judean opinion of Jerusalem .
good ever came out of Nazareth ?”
Likewise, the region of Galilee contrasts with
Judea. Surrounded as
they were by Gentiles, the Galileans were not necessarily irreligious but many
were somewhat lax regarding strict Jewish traditions. And what really is the
point? Jesus did not come to the high and mighty, the religious. He came from a
region of sinners and a family of sinners to redeem sinful people.
What can we say concerning this Savior? Let’s see what the angel has to say:
“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name 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 the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:31-33
Mary’s Son was to be infinitely greater than John.
(a) His name was to be Jesus, ‘Jehovah is salvation’ (31).
(b) He would be great (32), a title which, unqualified, is usually reserved for God Himself.
(c) As heir to David’s throne He will reign over God’s people (33).
(d) His kingdom will be eternal (33).
Conclusion: To whom does Jesus come? He comes to comfort those who wait patiently for Him.