Testimonies & Interviews of the Messiah: Barren Wombs Unlocked & Virgin Wombs Entered

Today’s selected reading is found in the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as it was written and recorded by the Gentile physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first thirty-eight verses of the opening chapter of this book. When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find the third of four accounts concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ being presented unto us within the four gospels. Upon coming to the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke you will undoubtedly have already read through the New Testament gospel narrative of Matthew which was written by one of Jesus’ disciples—Levi also called Matthew whom Jesus called upon seeing him sitting at the receipt of custom. You will have also read the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark who was not only a Gentile, but also who was a traveling companion of the apostle Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey before traveling a second time with Barnabas unto the island of Cyprus. Now coming to the New Testament gospel narrative written by the Gentile physician Luke you will find a third gospel narrative which was written concerning the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. What makes the New Testament gospel narrative written by the Gentile physician Luke so incredibly interesting when you take the time to think about is when you consider the fact that he chooses to begin in the first and opening chapter in an entirely different place than the New Testament gospel authors Matthew and Mark chose to begin. The apostle Matthew chose to begin his gospel narrative concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ with the lineage of Jesus the Christ being traced unto both Abraham, as well as David. Essentially that which the apostle Matthew sought to do with his gospel narrative is write a powerful narrative that would demonstrate and show Jesus as having descended from both Abraham and David, thus presenting Jesus as a son of Abraham and as the son of David. As the son of Abraham Jesus would ultimately fulfill the promise that was only fulfilled in part by Isaac concerning a seed that would be born of him and that all the nations would be blessed through him. As the son of David Jesus would be that one whom Solomon would in part fulfill as being the son of David who would build the Temple of the LORD in the midst of the city of Jerusalem.

            We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the words which are found within this portion of Scripture, for the Gentile physician Luke begins and opens up his gospel narrative concerning the life and ministry of Jesus by describing how he came upon and attained that which he would write about concerning the person of Jesus Christ. Right from the start when you read the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke you will find that he was not a disciple, nor was he a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ—at least not in the traditional sense of those twelve whom the Lord Jesus deliberately and intentionally chose to walk with and follow Him. Within the first verses found within this portion of Scripture you will find the Gentile physician Luke writing unto a certain and specific individual named Theophilus whom he would address and write this gospel account to. If and upon reading the opening verses of the first chapter of this New Testament gospel narrative you will find Luke stating the true and ultimate purpose for this gospel—namely, to present a powerful picture concerning the Lord Jesus Christ based on what might have been conversations with eyewitnesses who might very well have walked directly with and followed Jesus, as well as those who were present during the days and times in which Jesus was present and manifested within the earth. We know when reading the opening chapter of the New Testament gospel of Acts which was also written by the Gentile physician that when the apostle Peter presented unto the one-hundred and twenty who were in the upper room that there was a need to choose from among them one who had been with them from the time of the baptism of John until the time of the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

            It is absolutely necessary and important that we recognize the words which are found in the opening chapter of the New Testament book of Acts, for what you will find there is individuals being chosen who had walked with them from the time of the baptism of John up to the present time. Those who would be considered to step into the role and office which was previously occupied by Judas Iscariot would be those who began walking with Jesus and the disciples from the time of John’s baptism and who would walk with them during and throughout those three and a half years Jesus was publicly manifested in the midst of the earth as the Word which became flesh and dwelt among us. Those who would be chosen to step into the office and role which was previously occupied by Judas Iscariot would be those who bore witness to the suffering, the crucifixion, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. We know from the fifteenth chapter of the first New Testament epistle written by the apostle Paul that after Jesus was raised from the grave He would appear unto certain individuals showing and demonstrating Himself alive. Included among those to whom Jesus would show Himself unto as being alive would be upwards of five hundred at a single time. Pause for a moment and consider the fact that after Jesus rose from the dead there would be five hundred unto whom Jesus would show and demonstrate Himself alive after having been raised from the dead. Essentially there would be five hundred people who would indeed witness and behold the resurrected of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I can’t help but wonder who those individuals truly were. Scripture is unclear who those individuals were, however, we do know that Jesus would show Himself alive unto Mary Magdalene and the other Mary in the garden on the day He was raised from death to life after He had emerged from the tomb. We also know from the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke that Jesus would also reveal Himself unto two men who were walking on the road to Emmaus from the city of Jerusalem after the events which took place surrounding the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. In addition to this we find Jesus appearing unto the eleven disciples as they were sat down at meat in an upper room after they had just heard report that He had indeed and had in fact been raised from the dead.

            We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of how absolutely incredible this truly is, for it calls and draws our attention to the tremendous truth that to be considered to step into the role and office which had previously been occupied by Judas one needed to walk with Jesus from the time of John’s baptism all the way up to and through the suffering, the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ. We know that there were at least five hundred to whom Jesus appeared to after His resurrection and showed Himself alive upon being raised from death to life by the very Spirit of God. We know there were one-hundred and twenty who were present in the upper room on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit would be released and poured out upon them all. What we also know is that when the apostle Paul wrote concerning the five hundred to whom Jesus showed Himself alive after His resurrection he would also write how there were some who were still alive and present among them at the time he wrote the first epistle which was written unto the Corinthian saints. This is something worth thinking about, for I can’t help but wonder if when writing the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ the Gentile physician Luke spoke with some of the five hundred unto whom Jesus showed and demonstrated Himself alive to after He had been raised from death to life. I can’t help but wonder if the Gentile physician Luke had spoken with some of the one-hundred and twenty who were present in the upper room who had experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which would occur on that particular day. Is it possible that Luke spoke with some of the apostles who had indeed and had in fact walked with and followed the person of Jesus Christ? We know that Luke was indeed a traveling companion of the apostle Paul and would have undoubtedly heard the words the apostle would teach and preach concerning the person of Jesus Christ.

            It is truly something worth thinking about when reading the opening verses of the first chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the Gentile physician Luke, for the words we find within this portion of Scripture are absolutely astonishing and remarkable when you consider the fact that this entire gospel was compiled based on eyewitness accounts from those who actually walked with and followed the Lord Jesus Christ. We must needs recognize and understand the words which are found in the first four verses of the opening chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the Gentile physician Luke, for the entire gospel narrative would be based solely and entirely upon eyewitness accounts from those who had indeed walked with and followed Jesus. What’s more, is that this entire gospel would be penned and written based on conversations and discussions which would be had with those who were alive and present in Judaea, in Galilee, and in Jerusalem during those three and a half years Jesus walked upon the earth. TESTIMONIES OF JESUS! THE WITNESSES OF JESUS! THE STORY OF JESUS! If there is one thing that makes me absolutely and incredibly intrigued when I read and consider the words which are found within this particular passage of Scripture it’s what it must have been like for Luke to walk and talk with those who actually walked and talked with the Lord Jesus Christ. What was it like for Luke to actually sit down at meat with those who had walked and talked with Jesus and heard their testimony and their account of the life and ministry of Jesus? What was it like as Luke perhaps walked along the sea of Galilee, or walked along the Jordan River, or perhaps even walked within Judaea and Galilee as he would hear and listen to those who had actually walked and talked with the person of Jesus Christ? What was it like as Luke would set up encounters with those who had actually walked and talked with the Lord Jesus Christ? What’s more, is I can’t help but wonder how this Gentile physician Luke actually came about setting up and scheduling these interviews concerning the Messiah who had walked in the flesh within and upon the earth. TESTIMONIES OF THE MESSIAH! INTERVIEWS CONCERNING THE MESSIAH! Oh how incredibly powerful it is to think about and consider the amount of time and effort that would have had to have been spent coordinating the eyewitness accounts which would have been needed to write such a gospel concerning the life and ministry of Jesus. With this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found within this portion of Scripture beginning with the first and opening verse of the first chapter:

            “Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certain of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed” (Luke 1:1-4).

            Upon reading the words which are found in the opening verses of the first chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke you will find how many had taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which were most surely believed among them. We must needs recognize and pay close attention to this, for these words not only speak of those things which were believed among the followers of the Way and the followers of Jesus Christ, but also those things which were and which had been taught among them. Within the opening verse of this first chapter we find the Gentile physician Luke writing unto Theophilus concerning those things which were believed among those who were followers of the Way—those things which had been taught by the apostles, and those things which had been taught by the apostle Paul. What’s more, is the beloved physician Luke would write and speak concerning many who had taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which were believed among them. Pause for a moment and consider the tremendous language that is found within the opening four verses of this chapter: MANY! TAKEN IN HAND! SET FORTH IN ORDER! A DECLARATION! THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE! MOST SURELY BELIEVED AMONG US! THEY DELIVERED THEM! UNTO US! FROM THE BEGINNING! WERE EYEWITNESSES! MINISTERS OF THE WORD! IT SEEMED GOOD TO ME ALSO! HAVING HAD PERFECT UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THINGS FROM THE FIRST! TO WRITE UNTO THEE IN ORDER! THAT THOU MIGHTEST KNOW! THE CERTAINTY! THOSE THINGS, WHEREIN THOU HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED! Oh please don’t miss the incredible importance of the words which are found within the opening verses of the first chapter of this gospel narrative written by the Gentile physician Luke, for perhaps the very first thing we notice upon reading these words is the word “declaration,” thus signifying and suggesting that was being written by Luke was not merely a treatise, and was not merely a letter, and was not merely a gospel, but was an actual declaration—an emphatic declaration that was written by Luke concerning the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh how absolutely incredible it is to read the words found within these opening verses, for perhaps the single greatest thing we must needs recognize and understand when reading these words is that the gospel which was written by the beloved physician Luke was more than simply a letter and a treatise, but rather it was an emphatic declaration that was written concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.

            A DECLARATION CONCERNING CHRIST! What an incredibly powerful thought it is to read the words which are found in this portion of Scripture, for we are brought face to face with the tremendous truth that the words which are found and contained within this passage of Scripture are indeed and are in fact a truly wonderful and powerful picture of a declaration that was made concerning the public life and ministry of Jesus the Christ. This letter was meant to be more than simply that which was read as such, but was meant to be presented as an emphatic and powerful declaration concerning the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The words found within this gospel were such that were meant to serve as a wonderful and powerful declaration concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and everything He taught and everything He did during those three and a half years He walked upon the earth as the Word which was made flesh. Perhaps the question we must needs ask ourselves when we read the words found within this gospel narrative is whether or not we read these words as a wonderful and powerful declaration concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. When we read the words which are found within this passage of Scripture do we read them as a mighty and strong declaration concerning the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do we read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and read them as a mighty and tremendous declaration that was indeed and was in fact written concerning Jesus the Christ? What’s more, is when you read the words within this gospel narrative, do they stir up faith, do they stir up confidence, do they stir up faith, do they stir up wonder, and do they stir up wonder within your heart and spirit? There is not a doubt in my mind that this gospel was meant to be a powerful written declaration concerning the Lord Jesus Christ—and not only concerning Jesus Christ, but also concerning those things which were believed among them, and those things which were and which had been delivered among them. The presentation of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ in this portion and passage of Scripture were designed and intended on being a wonderful and powerful declaration concerning those things which were not only believed among those who were followers of the way, but also those things which were delivered unto them from those who were from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word.

            There is a great and present need to recognize and understand that which is found in the opening verses of the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke—and not only the words which are found within the opening verses, but also the words which are found within and throughout the gospel—for the words which we find here serve as a wonderful and powerful context and framework surrounding the words which are found in the opening chapter of the New Testament book of Acts. It is in the opening chapter of the New Testament book of Acts we find and read incredibly powerful language concerning the choosing of that one who would enter and step into the office and role which had previously been occupied by Judas Iscariot. The single greatest and the single most important need found within and among those who were to be considered as being qualified to step into this office was that they needed to be eyewitnesses of those things which took place from the beginning—those things which took place from the time of the baptism of John up to and through the suffering, the passion, the death, the burial, the resurrection and the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. In order to be considered to step into the office and role which had previously been occupied by Judas Iscariot that one needed to be an eyewitness of all those things which were said and done from the time of the baptism of John up to the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ unto the right hand of the Father who was in heaven. How incredibly awesome and unique it is to think about the fact that not only was this concept of being eyewitnesses from the beginning concerning the life and ministry of Jesus necessary to be considered to step into the office and role which had previously been occupied by Judas Iscariot, but it was also needed for the Gentile physician Luke to write the gospel treatise and declaration concerning Jesus the Christ. In order for Luke to write this book—and not only write this book, but write this book the way it was designed and intended on being written—he needed to speak with and interact with those who had indeed and those who had in fact walked with the Lord Jesus Christ and been present from the beginning. For this gospel narrative to be written it needed to be written after hearing and listening to the words and testimonies which were provided unto him from eyewitnesses who were from the beginning up to that present time when this gospel was indeed written.

            The more I sit here today and think about this the more I can’t help but be drawn to the incredible truth surrounding the word “order” which is found within this gospel narrative, for within the first four verses found in this opening chapter we find Luke writing how many had taken in hand to set forth “in order” a declaration of those things which were most surely believed among them. What’s more, is that if you continue reading within the opening verses of this particular chapter you will find the word “order” being used once more, for the Gentile physician Luke would speak and write of how it seemed good to him also based on having a perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto Theophilus “in order.” Pause for a moment and consider how incredibly significant and important these words truly are, for they call and draw our attention to the fact that there were those who sought to write in order the things which were taught, delivered and believed by those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning. There were those who sought to write declarations concerning the public life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sought to do so in order from the beginning of the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God at the Jordan River. What I so absolutely love when reading the words which are found in this passage of Scripture is that not only were there those who sought to undertake writing declarations concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the events which took place, and to put them order, but we also find the beloved physician Luke also seeking to write and present these events in order based on having perfect understanding from the very first. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of how incredibly important the language of “from the beginning,” the language of “from the very first,” as well as the language of “in order,” for these words and this language speaks of the tremendous need to be aware of and understand the things and events which had taken place from the time of John’s baptism up to the time of the ascension of Jesus Christ unto the right hand of the Father in heaven.

            I absolutely love what I find and what I read within the opening verses of the first chapter of this New Testament gospel narrative written by the Gentile physician Luke, for the words found in this chapter bring us face to face with the tremendous truth and reality surrounding an understanding of the events which took place from the very beginning—from the time Jesus was publicly manifested and revealed at the Jordan River during John’s baptism. If there is one thing we must needs realize and understand it’s that this concept and thought of those things which were from the beginning, and those things which were delivered unto and believed by those who were followers of the way is that it would be a knowledge of everything which took place from the time of John’s baptism of Jesus in the waters o the Jordan River up to the time of the ascension of Jesus unto the right hand of the Father. When the apostle Peter speaks concerning those who were eyewitnesses of the events which took place from the time of the baptism of John up to and until the present day, which would include the suffering, the passion, the crucifixion, the burial, the resurrection and the ascension of Jesus the Christ—that which he was speaking about was the awesome truth and reality surrounding those who were actually eyewitnesses of the events which took place from the time of John’s baptism of Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River up to the time Jesus ascended unto the right hand of the Father who was in heaven. FROM BAPTISM TO ASCENSION! I am convinced it is absolutely necessary that we understand the words which are found here in the opening verses of the first chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the Gentile physician Luke, for the words we find here bring us face to face with the tremendous importance of eyewitnesses who actually witnessed and beheld the events which took place during the days and times of Jesus the Christ in the midst of the earth. There were those who sought to write orderly declarations concerning the life and ministry of Jesus Christ—those things which were and those things which had been taught among them. DELIVERED AND BELIEVED! Oh how truly awesome and powerful it is to read the opening verses of this first chapter, for the words which we find here in the opening chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke is a tremendous statement concerning those things which were not only delivered unto and among them, but those things were believed by them concerning Jesus the Christ.

            It is something worth thinking about and considering when reading the opening verses of the first chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke that those things which were delivered unto them—and not only those things which were delivered unto them, but also those things which were believed among them—were delivered unto them by those who were eyewitnesses. What’s more, is that what was delivered unto and was presented unto them was an orderly and systematic declaration concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ. Pause for a moment and think about the fact that in order for the beloved physician Luke to write concerning the events surrounding Zacharias in the temple of the LORD in the city of Jerusalem and the angel Gabriel appearing unto him, he would have had to talk and speak with someone—perhaps even multiple individuals—who were present at the time of Zacharias and Elizabeth. Pause for a moment and consider that the gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke wasn’t merely written from the time of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River up to the time of His ascension unto the right hand of the Father. If you read the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by John Mark you will find that he wrote a gospel account and narrative which would emphatically declare Jesus as the Christ and the Son of the living God, and would indeed and would in fact begin at the Jordan River and with the baptism of John when he baptized Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River. John Mark would be anointed and inspired by the Holy Spirit to present a gospel narrative concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, and the gospel narrative he wrote would begin with and at the baptism of John—not only when all Jerusalem, all Judaea and all Galilee would come unto him to hear him preach and to baptized by him, but also when Jesus Himself came unto him to be baptized by him there in the waters of the Jordan River.

            I can’t help but think about the words which are found in the opening chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke, and I find myself thinking about and considering the fact that this gospel narrative was written not solely based on the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ from the time of John’s baptism up to the time of His ascension unto the right hand of the Father who was in heaven. If and as you read the words which are found here in this passage of Scripture you will encounter and come face to face with the fact that when Luke sought to write a declaration and treatise concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, he sought to write from a place beyond merely the baptism of John and beyond simply Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. What makes the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke so incredibly powerful is when you think about the fact that in order for him to write these words he would have had to speak with someone—perhaps even multiple people—who had knowledge of events which predated and extended beyond simply the baptism of John. Think about who the beloved physician Luke would have had to talk to and would have had to talk with in order to gain the knowledge and understand needed to not only write concerning the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto Mary the mother of Jesus, but also the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto Zacharias as he ministered before and unto the Lord according to his lot there in the Temple of the Lord. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering how when Luke wrote of his having a perfect understand of all those things from the very first he wasn’t merely speaking about that which was written concerning the baptism of John and Jesus being baptized of him in the waters of the Jordan River. The gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke would indeed and would in fact be written from a unique and entirely different perspective in that it was written based on events which predated John the Baptist appearing as a voice in the wilderness and preparing the way for men and women through preaching concerning the kingdom of heaven, as well as baptizing men and women in the waters of the Jordan River. The gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke is something that is actually unique when considering it in light of what was written by the other gospel authors, for he would actually take the time to write concerning the births of both John the Baptist, as well as Jesus Christ.

            The words which are found within the opening chapters of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke are absolutely incredible when you take the time to think about and consider them, for they bring us face to face with the tremendous truth that he sought to present a picture of Jesus Christ beyond simply His baptism of John in the waters of the Jordan River. When the beloved physician Luke sought to present a picture concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ he chose to begin beyond the waters of the Jordan and beyond Jesus being baptized by John there at the river. When the beloved physician Luke sought to write concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ he sought to present it from a unique and different vantage point which was different than that which was presented by the apostle Matthew, beyond that which was written by the apostle John, and beyond that which was written by John Mark. The gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke would be written and presented beyond the adult years of John the Baptist and beyond the adult years of Jesus the Christ, and would extend into the angelic visitations of Gabriel—first unto Zacharias a priest who was ministering in the Temple of the Lord, and secondly unto Mary who would be the mother of Jesus. We know when reading the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew that he chose to highlight the manifestation of dreams which were used to secure the marriage of Mary and Joseph, which were used to secure the wise men departing a different way rather than returning unto Herod, which would secure Joseph taking Jesus and His mother down into the land of Egypt, which would secure Joseph bringing Mary and Jesus up from the land of Egypt, and would ultimately warn Joseph of Herod’s brother reigning in his stead within the land of Judaea. As a direct result of this Joseph would take Mary and the young child Jesus into Nazareth where Jesus would grow up in the house of Mary and Joseph, and among those who were present in the town of Nazareth. What’s more, is that the apostle Matthew not only chose to highlight and underscore the dreams which were given, but also the direct connection of the dreams which were given to the prophetic words which were spoken in times of old by the ancient Hebrew prophets.

            When you read the words found in the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke you will find and encounter a gospel narrative that would extend beyond simply dreams which were given unto the wise men and Joseph, and beyond simply the presence of the prophetic word and how the events of those days would fulfill the prophetic words spoken by the ancient Hebrew prophets. The New Testament gospel narrative which would be written by the beloved physician Luke would indeed and would in fact be written before and beyond simply Mary herself being pregnant and with child because the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the most High would overshadow her. The gospel narrative which was written by the Gentile physician Luke would be written to extend beyond the adult years of John the Baptist and the adult years of Jesus the Christ, and would extend into those years which would predate the ministries and callings each were ordained and appointed unto. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering when reading the words found in this portion of Scripture, for the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke would indeed and would in fact be written from the unique and powerful place of the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto Zacharias as he ministered before the altar in the Temple of the Lord, as well as the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto Mary who would be the mother of Jesus. How absolutely incredible this truly is when you take the time to think about it, for this angel Gabriel would be sent from before the throne of God unto two different individuals to proclaim and foretell of the birth of two different individuals who would be mightily used by the living God within those days and in that generation. Much like an angel of the Lord appeared unto Manoah’s wife who would eventually be the mother of Samson who would be a judge among the people of Israel, and much like the Lord would appear unto Abraham concerning the birth of Isaac and would foretell of his birth, so also would we have an angelic visitation of Gabriel as he would be sent from the presence of the living God and would be sent from before the throne of God unto two different individuals at two different times and in two different places speaking of and foretelling the births of two individuals who would be used by the living God to dramatically change and transform the religious and spiritual landscape during those days. Consider if you will that which was found within these verses concerning the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto both Zacharias in the Temple, as well as Mary in the town of Nazareth:

            “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is hear; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness: and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zachairas said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach” (Luke 1:5-25).

            “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and he virgin’s name was Mary. 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. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 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: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 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. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:26-38).

            When and as I read the words which are found in this portion and passage of Scripture I am absolutely and completely captivated with and by the tremendous truth concerning the angelic visitation of Gabriel—and not only of the angelic visitation of Gabriel, but also the tidings and message he came to bring. Upon reading the opening verses of the first chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the Gentile physician Luke I can’t help but think about the absolutely astonishing and tremendous truth surrounding the assignment and mission of Gabriel who stood in the presence of the living God and before the throne in heaven. The angel Gabriel had been sent unto Zacharias while he was ministering in the Temple of the Lord to proclaim unto him that his wife Elisabeth would conceive a son, and that the son and child who would be born unto and among them would indeed and would in fact be born with and for a very specific purpose, role and function in the midst of the earth. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of how incredible these words, for they call and draw our attention to the fact that when Luke sought to write a declaration concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ he sought to begin—not with the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River by John the Baptist, but rather with the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto Zacharias in the Temple of the Lord, as well as the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto Mary who was espoused to be married to Joseph in the town of Nazareth. The angel Gabriel would appear in two different places—Jerusalem and Nazareth—unto two different people—Zacharias and Mary—at two different times—six months apart—and concerning the births of two different individuals—Jesus and John. Oh how absolutely wonderful, remarkable and incredible this truly is, for when Luke sought to present a declaration concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ he chose to begin before the births of John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ, and would choose to begin with the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto both Zacharias and Mary. When Luke sought to present a declaration and treatise concerning the Lord Jesus Christ he sought to present it from the place of the angel Gabriel’s visitation unto these two individuals concerning two different births which would take place at least nine months to a year apart.

            I absolutely love the words which are found in the opening verses of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke, for the words which we find here bring us face to face with the fact that Luke sought to paint a powerful picture concerning Jesus and John, and how not only did they fulfill those prophecies which were spoken concerning them, but also how their births would be spoken and foretold by the angel Gabriel. It is truly something remarkable when thinking about and considering the words which are found within these passages of Scripture, for they call and draw our attention to the fact that when we think about the births of Jesus and John the Baptist—their purpose, their mission, their assignment, and their role in the midst of the earth would fulfill the words which the ancient Hebrew prophets would proclaim and speak, while their actual births would fulfill that which was spoken by the angel Gabriel. Not only would each of these individuals fulfill the prophetic word which was spoken in times past by the ancient Hebrew prophets, but so also would their births fulfill that which was spoken by the angel Gabriel. When the appointed time which had been ordained by the living God had indeed come for John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ to be born in the midst of the earth the angel Gabriel would be sent from the presence of God and from before the throne of God to proclaim their births—and not only their births, but also that which they would accomplish and fulfill in the midst of the earth and in the midst of that generation. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering when reading the words which are found within this passage of Scripture, for they bring us face to face with the fact that Luke chose to reveal the angelic visitations of Gabriel which would take place during those days and times, and how the angel Gabriel would prophesy and foretell of the births of these two individuals. What a truly incredible truth and thought it is to think about how the angel Gabriel would indeed and would in fact be sent by the living God unto these two individuals to announce and proclaim the births of these two individuals and how their lives would dramatically alter and transform the religious and spiritual landscape of their generation. The angel Gabriel would be sent by the living and eternal God to prophesy and proclaim the births of these two individuals and how they would be mightily and powerfully be used by the living and eternal God to accomplish and fulfill His divine plans and purposes in the midst of the earth. Consider if you will the actual words which were spoken concerning these two individuals who would be born during those days and at that time:

            “…For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:15-17).

            “…And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 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: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).

            “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 1:35-).

            I am absolutely and completely convinced that we must needs pay close attention to the words which are found within these verses and within this passage of Scripture, for the words contained herein are a truly wonderful and powerful picture of the angel Gabriel, and how he had been sent by the living and eternal God unto two different individuals six months apart and in two different locations to speak of and foretell the births of two individuals whom the Lord would raise up within their generation. The question I can’t help but ask myself when reading these words is who the beloved physician Luke spoke with in order to gain knowledge concerning the events surrounding the angelic visitation of Gabriel unto Zacharias while ministering in the Temple of the Lord in the city of Jerusalem. Who did Luke speak with to hear about, learn about, and come to understand how the angel Gabriel had appeared unto Mary in the town of Nazareth and foretold of the birth of the Lod Jesus Christ? It is something worth thinking about and considering when reading the words found in these passages of Scripture, for they bring us face to face with an awesome and powerful truth that Luke—when seeking to present an orderly declaration concerning those things which took place during the days and times of Jesus Christ—sought to begin the narrative and the story before the baptism of John, and before the Jordan River. That which Luke sought to do when writing this gospel narrative was present a truly awesome and powerful picture concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and how the narrative, the conversation and dialogue concerning His life and ministry would actually begin before and prior to the baptism of John and the Jordan River experience. The gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke would indeed and would in fact begin with two distinct angelic visitations by and from the angel Gabriel, and how the angel Gabriel would foretell and speak of the births of both John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ. Oh what a truly awesome and powerful picture it is to think about and consider the words found in this portion and passage of Scripture, for when Luke chose to write concerning the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ he chose to begin with the actual foretelling of their births and what they would accomplish in the midst of the earth.

            What makes the gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke so absolutely incredible when you take the time to think about it is that the story and narrative of the Holy Spirit—at least in terms of the New Testament—does not begin in and with the second chapter of the New Testament book of Acts. We would like to think that the story of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament begins on the day of Pentecost in the New Testament book of Acts, however, the truth of the matter is that this simply is not the case. If you read the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke you will find that the story and narrative of Jesus the Christ is as much a story and narrative about Jesus as it is the Holy Spirit and His activity and presence in the midst of the earth. We read the words found in the first half of the first chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke and we see the angel Gabriel appearing unto Zacharias and foretelling of the birth of John the Baptist, and we see the angel Gabriel appearing unto Mary and foretelling the birth of Jesus the Christ, and yet what we must also recognize and understand is that there was something unique and powerful about the declarations which the angel Gabriel proclaimed and brought unto these two individuals—namely, that the angel Gabriel would indeed and would in fact speak of the activity, the presence, and the person of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the earth. If there is one thing we must needs realize and understand when reading the words which are found in these verses it is that the person, the presence and the activity of the Holy Spirit would be manifested long before the day of Pentecost, and long before there was the sound of a mighty rushing wind which would fill the upper room, and long before cloven tongues of fire would appear in the upper room resting upon the heads of the one-hundred and twenty, and long before they would speak of tongues. The story and narrative of the Holy Spirit does indeed and does in fact begin with the births of John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ, for the angel Gabriel would declare unto Zacharias that the child which would be conceived within the womb of Elisabeth would be filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb. The angel Gabriel would also declare unto Mary that the Holy Ghost would come upon her—and not only would the Holy Ghost come upon her, but the power of the Highest would overshadow her, and would cause her to conceive within her that holy thing which would be born and called the Son of God.

            It is truly something worth thinking about and considering when reading the words found in this portion and passage of Scripture how the story of Jesus the Christ is centered upon so much more than simply Jesus, but it is also a story and narrative of the Holy Spirit. The person, the presence and the activity of the Holy Spirit would be manifested in the midst of the earth from the days and times of Mary and Elisabeth conceiving life within their wombs, as both the barren and the virgin would conceive. WHEN THE BARRREN AND THE VIRGIN CONCEIVES! WHEN THE BARREN AND VIRGINS CONCEIVE! Oh how absolutely incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that during those days when the angel Gabriel appeared unto Zacharias and Mary he would appear pronouncing and declaring that not only would the barren conceive within the womb according to the word of the Lord spoken by the angel, but so also would the virgin conceive within her womb—not only according to the word of the Lord, but also according to the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. The barren and the virgin would conceive, and the power of the Highest would be directly involved in the case, the story and narrative of both women, for the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit would be evident and manifested among them. Oh how absolutely necessary and imperative it is that we think about and consider the words which are found within these verses, for the living and eternal God would be intimately involved in the life of the barren, as well as in the life of the virgin. Upon reading the words which are found in this portion and passage of Scripture you will encounter and come face to face with the fact that the person and presence of the Holy Spirit would indeed and would in fact be directly connected and intrinsically linked to the births of these two individuals. For John the Baptist, he would be filled with the Holy Spirit from the time he was in the womb of his mother Elisabeth, and for Jesus the Christ He would be conceived within the womb of Mary by and through the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. In all reality we cannot and must not have any discussion concerning the births of John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ without and apart from talking and speaking about the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit would indeed and would in fact be intimately involved in the conception and births of both of these mighty men who would be wonderfully and powerfully used by the living and eternal God.

            As I prepare to bring the words of this writing to a close I find it absolutely necessary that we call and draw our attention to the awesome and wonderful truth that the story of the births of Jesus the Christ and John the Baptist would indeed and would in fact be a story of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. You cannot and must not have any discussion about the persons of Jesus the Christ and John the Baptist without and apart from having a discussion about the Holy Spirit, for it would be the Holy Spirit who would not only fill John the Baptist from the womb, but the Holy Ghost would come upon Mary and would thus allow her to conceive the life of the Messiah within her womb. If there is one thing we must needs recognize and understand it’s that we have each been called to conceive the life of Jesus the Christ within us—within our hearts, within our spirits, within our minds, and within every area of our lives. The truth of the matter and what we must understand, however, is that it is absolutely and entirely impossible to seek to conceive this life without and apart from the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. It is absolutely impossible to try and conceive the life of the Messiah within our hearts, within our spirits, within our minds, and within every area and portion of our lives without and apart from the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. Just as Mary would and could not conceive the life of Jesus the Christ within her womb apart from and without the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, so also are we absolutely and entirely unable to conceive the life of the Holy Ghost within our hearts, within our spirits, within our souls, and within our lives. If we wish and if we desire to conceive the life of Jesus the Christ the Son of the living God within our hearts, within our spirits and within our lives we must needs recognize and understand that it can and will only come through the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of how absolutely incredible and necessary this truly is, for we dare not and must not seek to cultivate and conceive the life of the Messiah within our hearts and lives without and apart from the person and presence of the Holy Spirit present within and among us.

I would like to conclude this writing with a wonderful and powerful declaration to who you might be reading these words that there is a great and present need within our hearts and within our spirits and within our lives for the person, the presence, and the power of the Holy Spirit to be conceived within our hearts and our lives. There is a great need within our hearts and our lives for the person and presence of the Holy Spirit to be active, for the life of Jesus the Christ cannot and will not be conceived within our hearts and our lives without and apart from the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The question we must needs ask ourselves is whether or not we are those who are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to be present and active within our hearts and our lives. Have we allowed the person and presence of the Holy Spirit to be present within our lives that the life of the Messiah might be manifested within our hearts, within our minds, within our spirits, and within every area and part of our lives. We dare not and must not think and even consider for a moment that the life of the Messiah and the Son of the living God can in any way be cultivated and conceived within us without and apart from the person and presence of the Holy Spirit within our lives. We must needs realize and understand just how absolutely incredible and tremendous this truly is, for we have indeed and we have in fact been called into the place where we are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate and conceive the life of the Messiah within us. What’s more, is that we must needs realize and recognize that not only have we been called to cultivate and conceive the life of the Messiah, the Son of the living God within us, but that life must needs grow within us until the appointed time for it to be brought forth into the midst of the world. Perhaps the single greatest question we must needs ask ourselves when reading the opening chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke is whether or not we are willing to be those individuals who will allow the person and presence of the Holy Spirit to cultivate and conceive the life of the Messiah within our hearts, within our spirits, within our minds, and within every area and portion of our lives.

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