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Surprised by joy (Luke 1:26-30, James 1:17, Luke 1:28, Luke 1:31-35, Philippians 4:13, Luke 1:45-48)

Jack Graham, 12/11/2016
Part of the Holidays & Observances series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

"SURPRISED by joy, SURPRISED to be CHOSEN"

December 11, 2016 (Sunday AM)

Luke 1:26-30, Gabriel and Mary. Gabriel gave her "the Good News."
Her Son, Jesus, Immanuel would be:

1. As Mary's son, He would be human.
2. As Son of the Highest, He would the Son of God.
3. He would be King, inherit the throne of David.
4. He would be the Savior of the World.

Truly, Mary was surprised with JOY. How could this be?

James 1:17a, '*Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above....."
(NKJV). Mary was chosen because she is just an ordinary girl. Not because of:

1. Physical beauty.
2. Intelligence
3. Education
4. Natural gifts or abilities.

Luke 1:28b, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you..." This is what made all the difference in young Mary's life; you have been surprised with JOY.

Luke 1:31-35, "You will conceive in your womb..." (verse 31) but Mary
says, "How can this be, since I do not know a man...." (verse 34). Never forget that you can do what God has called you to; such as:

1. Parent a child
2. Love your spouse
3. Care for an elderly person
4. Teach that Sunday School class
5. Or lead a Bible Study etc

Philippines 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (NKJV)

FINALLY:

Luke 1:45-48, Mary was a virtuous girl but not without sin, Verse 45, "Blessed is she who believed..." She was:

1, Privileged
2. Called by God
3. And, yes sinful.
4. Filled with joy, "And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior." verse 47 (The Magnificat or Mary's Song).

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Luke 1:26-30

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (ESV)

James 1:17

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (ESV)

Luke 1:28

28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” (ESV)

Luke 1:31-35

31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall 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 to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. (ESV)

Philippians 4:13

13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (ESV)

Luke 1:45-48

45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; (ESV)

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