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  1. The Mystery of the Manger: Part I MEET MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS

  2. Luke 1:26-38 26) In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27) to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary.

  3. Luke 1:26-38 28) The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." 29) Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

  4. Luke 1:26-38 30) But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31) You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

  5. Luke 1:26-38 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, 33) and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

  6. Luke 1:26-38 34) "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" 35) The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

  7. Luke 1:26-38 36) Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37) For nothing is impossible with God." 38) "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

  8. December 15, 2007

  9. Daniel 2:28a “but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.”

  10. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

  11. Getting to Know Mary: • THE GREAT FAVOR BESTOWED UPON MARY: A) Her family is a direct descendant of King David. -Luke 3:23-38 -2 Samuel 7:12-16

  12. Getting to Know Mary: • THE GREAT FAVOR BESTOWED UPON MARY: A) Her family is a direct descendant of King David. B) she came from a very small town called Nazareth

  13. John 1: 45-46 45) Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote —Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46) "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked.       "Come and see," said Philip.

  14. Getting to Know Mary: • THE GREAT FAVOR BESTOWED UPON MARY: A) her family is a direct descendant of King David. B) she came from a very small town called Nazareth C) the name Mary is equivalent to the Hebrew name “Miriam.” “Bitter”

  15. Luke 1:28 28) The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." “greatly graced”

  16. Luke 1:47 47) and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

  17. 1 Corinthians 15:10 10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

  18. Getting to Know Mary: • THE GROWING FALLACIES ABOUT MARY: A) Forgiver of Sins Mark 2:7 "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Only God has the authority to forgive sins!

  19. Getting to Know Mary: • THE GROWING FALLACIES ABOUT MARY: A) Forgiver of Sins B) Mediator to God

  20. John 14:6 6) Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

  21. 1 Timothy 2:5 5) For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Jesus is the ONLY Way!

  22. Getting to Know Mary: • THE GROWING FALLACIES ABOUT MARY: A) Forgiver of Sins B) Mediator to God C) Giver of Blessings

  23. Romans 5:1-2 1) Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2) through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

  24. Getting to Know Mary: • THE GENIUNE FAITH OF MARY: A) Surrender:

  25. Luke 1:26-38 34) "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" 35) The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

  26. Luke 1:38 38) "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

  27. Getting to Know Mary: • THE GENIUNE FAITH OF MARY: A) Surrender: B) Worship: Mary’s Song(The Magnificat) Lk 1:46-55 "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed. . .”