Sunday, September 9, 2018

THE VIRGIN BIRTH

Today’s Reading: Luke 1

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The Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary, informally known as the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, is regarded by many as the burial place of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The church is located in the Kidron Valley on the foothills of the Mount of Olives, just outside the Old City of Jerusalem. The decor of these ancient churches is modelled after the Temple in Jerusalem, which was destroyed in 70 A.D.

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Key Verse: Luke 1:34-35

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God…”

 

Having completed Exodus, we arrive in Luke. Our readings from the Hebrew Scriptures to the Greek Scriptures and back to the Hebrew is for the purpose of balance between the two. Luke, the physician (Colossians 4:14), gleans his material as a journalist would, from personal interviews. He was the assistant to Paul, and as such, would’ve had at least two years in Palestine while Paul was in prison. No doubt he interviewed Mary, the mother of Jesus, those who knew John the Baptist and his family, the shepherds of Bethlehem, and others during those two years.

If we believe there is a Creator God who is involved in His creation, then it’s no problem for Him to perform ongoing miraculous acts. The conception of Jesus is such an act. The Scripture makes it very clear that Mary had not known a man sexually. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He had no earthly biological father. Therefore, He was uniquely “The Son of God.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Thank You, Father God, that You, by the agency of the Holy Spirit, caused the conception of Your only begotten Son, Jesus. Even as Zacharias, Elizabeth, and Mary were moved to give magnificent messages from You, Lord God, I am moved deeply and I proclaim Your greatness. I worship You with all my heart, soul and mind. Speak through me, Holy Spirit. I’m available for Your purposes. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Dr. Nelles Silverthorne was a frequent guest on the 100 Huntley Street TV program. He was a research pediatrician at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto (Sick Kids). At the very start of his career, he was an assistant to Banting and Best, the discoverers of insulin. He gave the very first civilian injection of penicilin to a 12-year-old boy who was dying. I’ve met that boy. He’s now a medical doctor. Dr. Silverthorne erected the very first oxygen tent at Sick Kids Hospital. He developed the vaccine for whooping cough. He also carried on a practice at his office on Bloor Street. Even though he was over 80, he took on my first two grandchildren, Sheryl and Christopher Stacey, as patients. He announced on live TV, “No woman ever came into my office who was pregnant and said, ‘I know not a man.'” God had met Dr. Silverthorne at a 1950’s Billy Graham meeting and the doctor’s life was transformed. He became an outspoken believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He believed in the virgin birth, and so do I.

Yours for the certainty that God became one of us, a human being,

David

10 thoughts on “Sunday, September 9, 2018

  1. I met Dr Silverthorn also. He also treated my sister as an infant. A wonderful, gifted, man. My sister-in-law met either Banting or Best ( can’ remember which one! She had diabetes #1 from childhood. Thank the Lord for the health care we have in this country. Friends worked on Mercy Ships for years taking medical care to very needy countries.

  2. Also find David’s Personal comments enlightning and interesting, and this mornings is definitely one of them.

    Agreed in prayer with David!

    God can do all things, and it was no problem for Him by the Holy Spirit to impregnate Mary and bring life in her womb. What a Glorious miracle. Praise His Holy Name!!

    Yes, I believe in my heart that “for certainty God became one of us, a Human being.”
    Thank You Jesus that You came!!

  3. I am so blessed by these devotionals. God has used and continues to use David’s words to speak to my heart. After my mom passed away at the age of 56, I was desperate for a spiritual mentor and David and this blog became my mentor. Praise the Lord who does miracles for me and even greater miracles like the virgin birth!

    • God bless you Carla, losing one’s mom is difficult because we are human beings and we have emotions and our moms, whether good or bad,have played a big part in our lives…I still think about my mom, I am thankful that you receive comfort from this blog….yes indeed, PRAISE THE LORD WHO DOES MIRACLES EVEN TODAY, AMEN

  4. Nothing could surprise me about what God can do. If He can create a woman from a man’s rib, then ANYTHING is possible with our heavenly Father. Praise be to God.
    Blessings on all Christians and those who will become followers of Jesus.

    • yep I feel the same here! imagine taking dust and creating man, that blows my mind and the fact that God is right here beside each one of us and knows everything that will happen! AMAZING GRACE!

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