- At the beginning, we see God's initiative (Luke 1:26).
- At the end, we see Mary's response (Luke 1:38).
- In the centre, we see Jesus (Luke 1:31).
We see here a picture of the Christian faith and the Christian life.
- "In the beginning, God" (Genesis 1:1).
- We say our "Amen" (Revelation 22:20).
- Jesus at the centre (the Gospels).
- Jesus is the result of God's initiative: "When the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman" (Galatians 4:4).
- Jesus is the cause of our response: "The Son of God loved me and gave Himself for Me" (Galatians 2:20); "We love Him because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19).
- Jesus is at the centre - the centre of history, the centre of the Bible, the centre of our faith, the centre of our life.
Who is this Jesus who stands at the centre of all things?
God's angel, Gabriel, was sent to Mary. He tells us who Jesus is.
(a) He is our Saviour. The name, "Jesus", means "Saviour." When we call Him Saviour, we call Him by His Name.
(b) He is the Lord our God. When the angel says, "He will be called the Son of the Most High" (Luke 1:32), He speaks to us of the uniqueness of Jesus. He is none other than "the Son of God" (Luke 1:35). He is no ordinary man. He is no mere mortal. He is nothing less than God the Son, sent down from heaven above to be our Saviour.
(c) He is our King. He is the King of kings - "His Kingdom will never end" (Luke 1:33).
As we take a close look at Luke's Book, we will learn much about Jesus. May we learn to love, worship, follow and serve Him.