THE BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT:
Jesus’s birth was so significant that a Large Star was placed in the sky. This bright Light was to designate an event of great importance. This attracted the attention of men who studied the alignments of the solar bodies. The wise men realized this unusually bright Star was attracting and drawing them to a destination. Answering the call or wooing of this Bright Star was paramount. So the journey began to follow the leading of the unusual Bright Star. We know these wise men came from the East. The Star lead them to a countryside where a child had been born. After finding the child and knowing this was the destination of their journey, gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were given to this new born King. Mathew 2:9,10
The true Light that gives Light to every man came into the world. John 1:9
A great Light was His birth announcement.
THE HOLY CONCEPTION:
Mary, a young virgin, was engaged to Joseph. Joseph was a descendant of King David. An honorable family to marry into. During her time of betrothal to Joseph, she had a heavenly visitor appear to her. Gabriel, a high ranking angel, came with a message:
Luke 1:28 The angel went to her and said, Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Mary was troubled in her heart by this greeting. The angel perceived this and told her.
Luke 1:30 Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.
Luke 1:31 You will be found with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
The Angels description of Who Jesus is and what He will do:
Luke 1:32 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.
And He will REIGN over The House of JACOB (Israel) forever.
His KINGDOM will never end.
Mary had no clue how she would become pregnant with this child because she was a virgin. Gabriel told her the Holy Spirit would come upon her and The Power of the Most High would over shadow her. Luke 1:35
Mary had a choice to make regarding the plan of God for her life.
Luke 1:38 I am the Lords servant. May it be to me as you have said. Mary said YES to the Lord’s will for her to carry His baby!
JESUS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD:
John was a man that was sent from God expressly to bear witness of the TRUE LIGHT. He was destined by God to prepare a way before Jesus. John was a prophet of the Most High God. John had Light with him. But he was not THE LIGHT.
John’s birth was interesting because his mother was barren. His Father, Zachariah, was a Priest. Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth were righteous and pleasing to God. An angel of the Lord came and appeared to Zachariah by the alter of incense. He was told by the angel their prayers had been answered and they would have a son, whose name would be John.
When John and Jesus were being carried in the womb, their mothers met. When Mary entered Elizabeth’s home, John jumped for joy in his mothers womb. John’s mother, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She spoke in a loud voice proclaiming to Mary the Favor of God upon her life and the life of the child in her womb.
John and Jesus grew up. In the book of John, Jesus is described as a great LIGHT. That LIGHT being the very LIFE of men. This LIGHT shone into the darkness, but the darkness did not recognize or understand the LIGHT. John 1:3-5
John’s purpose in life was to bare witness of the LIGHT in Jesus. John 1:9
The TRUE LIGHT that gives LIGHT to every man was coming into the world.
In John 8:12 Jesus says I Am the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. Who ever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have The LIGHT OF LIFE.
When we whole heartedly follow JESUS we have LIGHT illuminate our lives.
Where does this LIGHT SHINE?
LIGHT SHINES INTO OUR HEARTS
For God, who said, let LIGHT SHINE out of darkness, made His LIGHT to SHINE in our hearts to give us the LIGHT of the knowledge of the GLORY OF GOD in the FACE OF CHRIST. 2 Corinthians 4:6
When the LIGHT OF GOD SHINES into our heart we become children of LIGHT.
Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness but now you are the LIGHT OF THE LORD. Live as children of the LIGHT.
Ephesians 5:9 For the FRUIT of the LIGHT consists of all goodness, righteousness and truth.
We really can be children of the LIGHT as we say YES to the LIGHT of GOD SHINING on our hearts and walking in His LIGHT, which is the word of God.
Those who are wise will SHINE like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars for ever. Daniel 12:3
A day is coming when the righteous will SHINE like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Mathew 13:43