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The Seven Miracles of Christmas
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
Outline of The Seven Miracles of Christmas
There is the:
Lets look at each one individually.
Annunciation Luke 1:26-30
The word annunciation is not commonly used in America today. The word means, making
and announcement or proclamation. The announcement in focus here is the one made by the
angel Gabriel indicating that the Virgin Mary is Gods choice of all the women upon earth to
be the mother of the Messiah. Lets take a closer look at the passage.
"And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named
Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David;
and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that
art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she
saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this
should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with
God." Luke 1:26-30
Verse 26 tells us the timing of the announcement. The Angel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin
Mary in the 6th month of her cousin Elizabeths pregnancy. Gabriel had previously appeared to
Zacharias telling him that Elizabeth would conceive in her old age and bear John the Baptist
who would pave the way for the Messiah. But, previous to those two appearances, just six
month apart, it had been nearly 500 years since the last recorded mission God has sent the
Angel Gabriel to discharge. Daniel 9:21-27 records Gabriels prophetic revelation concerning
the time of the Messiahs coming.
Lets examine Gabriels message to Mary found in Luke 1:28.
Hail The word was a common greeting, which meant, Peace be to thee or may you enjoy all
Thou art highly favored This phrase clearly indicates that Mary was being chosen in
preference to all the women upon earth, to be the mother of the Messiah. However, it is not
appropriate to refer to her as the mother of God, for that is blasphemy.
The Lord is with thee This indicates that the Lord is about to bestow unique favor upon
Blessed art thou among women -- That is to say, among all women of the earth God
distinctively blessed Mary beyond all others. She was special among women but not to be
exalted above women.
How did Mary respond to Gabriels announcement? You might think that she was elated, but
nothing could be further from the truth. Verse 29 reveals that she was troubled. The Greek
word translated troubled is diatarassw - diatarasso (dee-at-ar-as'-so; 1298) from where we
get our word distressed. Simply stated, she was distressed and puzzled. Why? Because, it was
not culturally acceptable with the Jews for a man directly address a woman to begin with. In
fact, it was not lawful to be done in any shape or form especially by a messenger. So, no
wonder Mary was distressed and puzzled! Not to mention that she should be saluted as a
peculiar favorite of God, and blessed among women. Thats the Annunciation. Now to miracle
Conception Luke 1:31-35
"And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name
JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of
Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel,
How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her,
The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of
God." Luke 1:31-35
It would be easy to develop two full sermons dealing with these five verses in Luke 1. While
that is not my intention here, I can most assuredly say that what is said in them is mind-
boggling to me so think of the affect on young Mary who was likely in her teen years.
1) You will become pregnant
2) It will be a son
3) You will name him Jesus meaning Jehovah Savior
4) He shall be great (all powerful)
5) He will be called by name the Son of God (indicating deity)
6) God will give Him the throne of His father David (indicating his humanity)
7) Jesus will reign over the 12 tribes of Israel forever
8) His kingdom will be limitless both in its inclusiveness of all people and its timeless nature.
After being barraged by all this information Marys response was, "How shall this be, seeing I
know not a man?" Basically she is saying, how is this going to happen because I am a virgin.
Verse 35 says, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called
the Son of God." God the Father and God the Holy Spirit formed the human body and human
nature assumed by the eternal Word of God who became flesh. Again, the human body and
human spirit of the Son of God was created by the energy of God the Father and God the
Spirit within the womb of the Virgin Mary. This is the miracle of conception. Next we come
to the third miracle of Christmas
Explanation Matthew 1:18-25
Gabriel had appeared to Mary to tell her what was going to happen and it did happen just as
he had said. But what of Joseph, her betrothed? What would he do? And how would he ever
believe her when she told him about her angelic encounter. As it turned out, she did not need
to say anything. The Angel of the Lord makes a visit to him. Lets read the Scriptural account.
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to
Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then
Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was
minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take
unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she
shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from
their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord
by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then
Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto
him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called
his name JESUS." Matthew 1:18-25
God covered all the bases. As a result, Joseph did not divorce his betrothed but "took unto
him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son." That brings us to
the next miracle of Christmas
Incarnation John 1:1-4 & 14
As with the word annunciation, incarnation is a word that we rarely use in conversation
today. The word literally means, the act of clothing with flesh. This is the act of assuming
flesh, or of taking a human body and the nature of man; as the incarnation of the Son of God.
The second person of the Trinity always existed. We know this by what we read in John 1:1-
4 & 14 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without
him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of
men. 14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the
glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
This incarnation of the Word of God, God becoming man was foretold in Micah 5:2 "But
thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee
shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of
old, from everlasting."
The Eternal God becoming man indeed is a miracle of the highest degree. That brings us to
the 5th miracle
Declaration Luke 2:8-17
No one would have noticed or even cared about a baby being born in a barn as it were, if it
would not have been for the miraculous declaration of his birth to the shepherds by the
angels. After the angelic announcement, the shepherds went to see the Savior and then spread
the news far and wide. Lets read the Biblical account found in Luke 2:8-17.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their
flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord
shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear
not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all
people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the
Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger.13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this
thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came
with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they
had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child."
Conversation Hebrews 10:5-10
There is an important passage of Scripture that is not usually mentioned in association with
the Christmas story. It records a conversation between God and his Son. This conversation
reveals the reason for the incarnation. Lets read Hebrews 10:5-10.
"Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest
not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast
had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to
do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings
and offeringfor sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the
law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may
establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body
of Jesus Christ once for all."
What a miracle. God became man so that He could offer Himself as a sin offering for our sins
that we might be saved.
Visitation Matthew 2:1-12
The last miracle of Christmas revolves around the visit of the wise men. They were directed
to the Christ child by a star. This star was the wise mens own personal GPS and led them to
the home where the young child resided with his parents. Jesus could have been up to two
years old at this point. When the wise men arrived in Bethlehem, they worshipped Christ and
presented him with costly presents. Lets read the account in Matthew 2:1-12
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold,
there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of
the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod
the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he
had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them
where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is
written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the
princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7Then
Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the
star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the
young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and
worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which
they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child
was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they
were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and
worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;
gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should
not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."
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