(From: LUKE #2 1:26-56)
B. 1:26-56 THE MIRACULOUS BEHIND THE BIRTH OF JESUS
1. 1:26-38 ANNUNCIATION TO MARY
a. 1:26-27 GABRIEL'S APOSTOLIC COMMISSION
En de to meNI to HEKtoa-peSTAle ho AGge-los Ga-briEL aPO tou TheOU
Now in the sixth :month the angel Gabriel was sent from :God
eis POlin tes Ga-liLAIas, heOno-ma Na-zaRET,
unto a city of :Galilee, Nazareth by name,
pros parTHEnon  em-ne-steuMEnen ho Ono-ma IoSEPH
27unto a virgin betrothed to a man Joseph by name
ex OIkou DauID; kai to Ono-ma tes parTHEnou Ma-riAM.
of David's house; and the name of the virgin wasMariam.
b. 1:28 And he came in unto her, andsaid, Hail, yougrace-endued, the Lord iswith you.
kai ei-selTHON pros auTEN, EIpen, CHAIre, ke-cha-ri-toMEne, ho KUri-os meTA sou.
c. 1:29 MARY'S TROUBLE
hede ePI to LOgodi-e-taRACHthe,
But she was greatly troubled at the saying,
kai di-e-loGIze-to  po-taPOS EIe ho a-spasMOS HOUtos.
and cast in her mind what manner of :salutation this might be.
d. 1:30 And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mariam: for you have found grace with :God.
kai EIpen ho AGge-los auTE, Me phoBOU, Ma-riAM: HEUres gar CHArin paRA toTheO.
e. 1:31 And lo, you shall conceive in yourwomb, and bear a Son, and shall call his :name JESUS.
kai iDOU, sulLEMpseen gaSTRI, kai TExehuiON, kai kaLEseis to Ono-ma auTOU IeSOUN.
f. 1:32-33 THE NATURE OF JESUS' KINGDOM
HOUtos EStai MEgas, kai huiOS HuPSIstou  kleTHEse-tai :
HE shall be great, and shall be called Son of theMost High:
kai DOsei auTO KUri-os ho TheOS ton THROnon DauID tou paTROS auTOU:
and the Lord :God shall give him the throne of his :father David:
kai ba-siLEUsei  ePI ton OIkon IaKOB eis tous ai-Onas ;
33and he shall reign over the house of Jacob unto the ages;
kai tes ba-siLEIas auTOU ouk EStai TElos .
and of his :kingdom shall be no end.
g. 1:34 And Mariam said unto the angel, How shall this be, since I know not a man?
EIpen de Ma-riAM pros ton AGge-lon, Pos EStai TOUto, ePEI ANdra ou giNOsko?
h. 1:35 GABRIEL EXPLAINS THE VIRGIN BIRTH
kai a-po-kriTHEIS ho AGge-los EIpen auTE, PNEUma HAgi-on e-peLEUse-tai ePI se,
And the angel answered andsaid to her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you,
kai DUna-mis HuPSIstou e-pi-skiAsei  soi:
and the power of theMost High shall overshadow you:
di' HO kai to genNOme-non HAgi-on kleTHEse-tai, HUIos TheOU.
wherefore also what is begotten shall be called holy, Son of God.
i. 1:36 THE SIGN OF ELISABETH
kai iDOU, E-leiSAbet hesug-geNIS sou, kai auTEsuNEIle-phen  huiON en GErei auTES;
And lo, Elisabeth your :kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old age;
kai HOUtos men HEKtos esTIN auTEte ka-louMEneSTEIra .
and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren.
j. 1:37 Because no word from :God shall be void of power.
HOti ouk a-du-naTEsei paRA tou TheOU pan 'REma .
k. 1:38a And Mariam said, Lo, the bondmaid of theLord; be it unto me according to your :word.
EIpen de Mar-riAM, I-DOU, heDOUle KuRIou; GEnoiTO moi kaTA to 'RE-MA sou.
l. 1:38b And the angel departed from her.
kai aPELthen ap' auTES ho AGge-los.
2. 1:39-56 PROPHECY BY ELISABETH AND MARY
a. 1:39-40 MARY SEEKS TO CONFIRM THE SIGN OF ELISABETH
A-naSTAsa de Ma-riAM en tais heMErais TAUtais e-poREUthe eis ten o-riNEN 
And Mariam arose in these :days andwent into the hill country
meTA spouDES , eis POlin IOUda;
with haste, into a city of Judah;
kai eiSELthen eis ton OIkon Za-chaRIou kai eSPAsa-to ten E-leiSAbet.
40and entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted :Elisabeth.
b. 1:41-42 UNUSUAL RESPONSE OF ELISABETH AND JOHN
kai eGEne-to, hos Ekou-sen ton a-spasMON  tes MaRIas
And it came to pass, when :Elisabeth heard the greeting
he E-leiSAbet, eSKIRte-sen  to BREphos  en te koiLIa  auTES;
of :Mariam, the babe leaped in her :womb;
kai ePLESthe  PNEUma-tos HaGIou he E-leiSAbet;
and :Elisabeth was filled with theHoly Spirit;
kai a-nePHOne-sen  krauGE  meGAle, kai EIpen,
42and she lifted up hervoice with a loud cry, and said,
Eu-lo-geMEne  su en gu-naiXIN, kai eu-lo-geMEnos ho karPOS tes koiLIas sou.
Blessed you among women, and blessed the fruit of your :womb.
c. 1:43 And whence isthis to me, that the mother of my :Lord should come unto me?
kai POthen moi TOUto, HIna ELthe he MEter tou KuRIou mou pros eME?
d. 1:44 ELISABETH AFFIRMS JOHN'S RESPONSE
iDOU gar, hos eGEne-to he phoNE tou a-spasMOU sou eis ta O-TA  mou,
For lo, when the voice of your :greeting came into my :ears,
eSKIRte-sen en a-gal-liAsei  to BREphos en te koi-liA mou.
the babe leaped in my :womb for joy.
e. 1:45 And blessed she that believed that thereshall be a fulfillment of the thingsspoken to her from the Lord.
kai ma-kaRIa he piSTEUsa-sa HOti EStai teLEIo-sis  tois le-la-leMEnois  auTE paRA KuRIou.
And blessed she that believed that there shall be a fulfillment of the things spoken to her from the Lord.
f. 1:46-47 MARY'S JOY IN THE LORD
kai EIpen MaRIam, Me-gaLUnei  he psuCHE mou ton KUri-on,
And Mariam said, My :soul does magnify the Lord,
kai e-galLIa-sen  to PNEU-MA mou ePI to TheO to soTE-RI  mou.
47And my :spirit has rejoiced in :God my :Savior.
g. 1:48 MARY ACKNOWLEDGES HER EXALTATION
HOti ePEble-psen ePI ten taPEIno-sin  tes DOUles auTOU:
Because he has looked upon the low estate of his :bondmaid:
iDOU gar, aPO tou nun ma-ka-riOU-SIN  me PAsai hai ge-neAI.
For lo, from :now on all :generations shall call me blessed.
h. 1:49 Because the Mighty onehas done to me great things; And holy ishis name.
HOti ePOIeSEN moi meGAla ho DUna-tos; kai HAgi-on to Ono-ma auTOU.
i. 1:50 And his :mercy isunto generations and generations On them that fear him.
kai to Ele-os auTOU eis ge-neAS kai ge-neAS tois pho-bouMEnois auTON.
j. 1:51 GOD'S ACTIONS ON THE PROUD
ePOIe-sin KRAtos  en braCHIo-ni  auTOU;
He has showed strength with his arm;
di-eSKORpi-sen  hu-pe-rePHAnous  di-aNOIa  karDIas auTON.
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.
k. 1:52 He has put down princes from thrones, And exalted the lowly.
kaTHEIlen  duNAstas  aPO THROnon, kai HUpso-sen  ta-peiNOUS .
l. 1:53 Thehungry he has filled with good things; And therich he has sent empty away.
peiNONtas  eNEple-sen a-gaTHON; kai plouTOUNtas  e-xaPEstei-len  keNOUS .
m. 1:54-55 GOD'S MERCY TO ISRAEL: BASED ON ABRAHAMIC COVENANT
an-teLAbe-to  Is-raEL paiDOS auTOU, mnesTHEnai  eLEous 
He has given help to Israel his servant, To remember mercy
(kaTHOS eLAle-sen pros tous paTEras heMON) to A-braAM kai to SPERma-ti auTOU eis ton aiOna.
55 (As he spoke unto our :fathers) To :Abraham and his :seed unto the age.
n. 1:56 And Mariam abode with her about three months, and returned to her :house.
Emei-nen de Ma-riAM sun auTE hos MEnas treis, kai huPEstre-psen  eis ton OIkon auTES.
NOTE: If anyone could point up the contrast between the faith (or lack of it) between Zacharias and Mary - it would be Elisabeth. She lived with her husband Zacharias 9 months in a “dumb” state because of his unbelief. So when Mary visited Elisabeth, and both she andher unborn child were were filled with the Spirit because of this visit, then Elisabeth blessed Mary for believingthe message from God through Gabriel!
Mary's response was indeed glorifying to God. She questioned Gabriel concerning how conception could take place seeing she was engaged but not yet married. This was a legitimate question, notlike that of Zacharias. Gabriel patiently and graciously explained to her how God planned the birth of His Son Jesus through her. And she said in her own words, “I receive God's plan. Be it unto me according to His REma, His revealed word!” And so it happened!
Notice at this point, - the Holy Spirit was not yet given in His fullness until the day of Pentecost. One could be filled with the Spirit prior to this time. The Spirit also came upon individuals in OT times such as Samson. But Immersionin the Spirit - being baptized in the Spirit as one is baptized or immersed in water - thisplaces us inGod. The former places Him in us. The Holy Spirit baptizes us into Christ for salvation. Jesus baptizes us into the Holy Spirit for union and communion with God. This is receiving the gift, the “do-reA” of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:38. This followsrepentance and water baptism. Those who do not press into receiving the full “Peter package of Acts 2:38 - have the Spirit in them like Elisabeth and John the Baptist and Mary, but have not yet received the fullpackage of inthe Spirit by the Holy Spirit coming upon (ePI) them according to Acts 1:8. Dr. J. Edwin Orr illustrated the 2-fold baptism by placing an empty glass in a sink with a stopper in the sink. Letting the water fill the glass only - is the Spirit in us. Allowing the water to overflow the glass and fill the sink and the glass - is the second baptism - putting us in God. Let us not settle for anything less that the doubleSpirit baptism.
Then note 1:41-44. John the Baptist as an embryo of 6 months was filledwith the Spirit - and in joy (a-gal-liAsei - Strong # 21) leaped in his mother's womb. Think of how this undercuts the sin of abortion! From the moment of conception, God recognizes the unborn life! For when Elisabeth in the Spirit returned Mary's greeting, who had just conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit - yet - Elisabeth called Mary at thattime the mother of her (Elisabeth's) Lord! Jesus at this point is not yet a one month embryo!
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