Son of the Most High

Posted on March 22, 2013

Today’s Text Reading – Luke 1:1-36

In what may seem like an odd turn for our Text Project, one week before Easter we move from reading about Jesus’ death to his birth.  But embedded in Jesus’ birth is the purpose of his coming: his death.

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 bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 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, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:30–33

The Jews had been waiting for a Messiah that would come and set up a kingdom for them here on earth.  But instead of storming the earth in power, he came as a helpless baby.  But his helpless form was coupled with a powerful name…

Son of the Most High

Any Jew (including Mary) couldn’t miss the meaning here.  Her son would be equal to God.  He would be fully human and fully divine.  And only as a fully human, fully divine man could he one day go to the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rise from the dead conquering sin, Satan, and death.

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