Life-Study of Lukeby Witness Lee
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In the first three and a half chapters of the Gospel of Luke we see that two angels and a number of human beings were involved in the preparation of the Man-Savior. In 1:30-35 we have the prophecy of the archangel Gabriel, who came to Mary and told her that God intended that she conceive the Man-Savior. In that prophecy Gabriel spoke of four matters concerning the coming Man-Savior. First, Gabriel said that the Man-Savior would be called Jesus (1:31), which means Jehovah the Savior, or the salvation of Jehovah. Second, Gabriel indicated that the coming Man-Savior would be called Son of the Most High (v. 32), a title that refers to His deity. Third, Gabriel said, “The Lord God will give to Him the throne of David His father” (v. 32). Here we see that in His humanity the coming Savior was to be a descendant of David. Fourth, the archangel Gabriel refers to the coming Savior as “the holy thing” which is to be born and who will be called Son of God (v. 35). Therefore, according to Gabriel’s word, the Man-Savior is Jesus, the Son of the Most High, a descendant of David, and the holy thing.
In 1:42 and 43 we have part of Elizabeth’s blessing, a blessing by the Holy Spirit. In these verses Elizabeth says, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how can this be, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Here Elizabeth speaks of the Man-Savior as the fruit of Mary’s womb and as the Lord. The “fruit” refers to His humanity, and “Lord” refers to His deity.
In the prophecy of Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist, we have three matters concerning the Man-Savior. In 1:69 Zachariah speaks of Him as a “horn of salvation for us in the house of David.” Then in 1:78 he speaks of Him as “the rising sun from on high” that shall visit us. In verse 76 Zachariah also refers to the Man-Savior as the Lord. The horn of salvation refers to the Lord’s humanity; the rising sun from on high denotes His divinity. Zachariah knew that his son, John, would prepare the way for this One, who is the Lord.
In 2:11 we have the angel’s announcement at the birth of the Man-Savior: “A Savior was born to you today in David’s city, who is Christ the Lord.” In the angel’s announcement the Man-Savior is mentioned as being the Savior, Christ, and the Lord.
More aspects of the Man-Savior are revealed in Simeon’s adoration of Him. In 2:25, 30-32 and 34 we see that the Man-Savior is revealed as the consolation of Israel, God’s salvation to all peoples, a light for the Gentiles, the glory of Israel, a test to Israel, and a sign spoken against.
Finally, we have Anna’s adoration. In her adoration there is mention of the Man-Savior as the redemption of God’s people (2:38).
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