By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.
December 21, 2014 (4th Sunday of AdventThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... »)
JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » Paton was a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands. New Hebrides was the colonial nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » for an island group in the South Pacific that now forms the nationProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of Vanuatu, named after the Scottish archipelago.
One night hostile natives surrounded the missionCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » station, intent on burning out the Patons and killing them. PastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » Paton and his wifeA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » prayed during that terror-filled night that GodMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » would deliver them.
When daylight came they were amazed to see their attackers leave.
A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to ChristHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». Remembering what had happened, Pastor Paton asked the chief what had kept him from burning down the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » and killing them.
The chief replied in surprise, “Who were all those men with you there?” Paton knew no men were present–but the chief said he was afraid to attack because he had seen hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords circling the mission station (Today in the WordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », October, 1991, p. 18, and Wikipedia.comThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... »).
Truly God sends his angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » in the right timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... ». In our passage today, an angelJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of the LordThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » is sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » to bring glad tidings to MaryLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » and to the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... ». He came in the right time, too.
Elizabeth was 6-month pregnant when the angel Gabriel was sent by God in Nazareth to the virgin named Mary who was engaged to JosephJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... », a descendant of David.
The angel of God, Gabriel means the powerThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » of God. The comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » and announcement of Gabriel that Mary would become pregnant was a premonition that Mary would become pregnant not because of human cause but of God’s power.
II. The Angel Says, “The Lord is With You!” (vv.28-36).
The angel came to her and said, “Greetings, you are highly favored! The Lord is with you!” Startled by his statement, she tried to figure out what was his greeting meant. Then the angel told her, “Stop being afraid, Mary, because you have found favor with God.
The angel Gabriel was specific in his announcements. His messageDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » was 100 percent true and exact. The angel said, Mary will become (1) “pregnant, and giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » birthYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » to a (2) sonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », and you are to name him (3) JesusWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... ». He will be (4) great and will be called the (5) Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the (6) throne of his ancestor David. He will rule over the house of JacobPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » forever, and his kingdomThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » will never end.”
The announcement of the angel was hard to understand, and even Mary did not understand it at first. That’s why she was confusedBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » and so she asked the angel, “How can this happen, since I have not had relations with a man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... »?” In our language nowadays, “Hey Angel Gabriel, I did not sleepThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » yet to any man, how comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » I will become pregnant?”
That kind of human understanding is also an understanding of some people nowadays to interpret or denyThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » the virgin birth of Jesus. If he will be born today some people might say, it’s just like the pregnancy of “Jane the Virgin” (a TV series in Los AngelesCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... », CaHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » in 2014).
Jane became pregnant simply because of the doctor erroneously inseminated the sperm cell of her brother to a different ladyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » who happened to be there for check-up, and not to be impregnated. Jane the Virgin is just a storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » to titillate our mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » and emotion, and shall not be the basis of what Mary experienced.
We should not also compare or find similarities in the Ancient GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » Mythology that god Zeus physically impregnated womenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », and they had strongest and heroic sons and daughters. According to their mythology, “Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings. In most traditions he is married to Hera, although, at the oracle of Dodona, his consort is Dione: according to the Iliad, he is the fatherThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » of Aphrodite by Dione. He is known for his erotic escapades. These resulted in many godly and heroic offspring, including Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone (by Demeter), Dionysus, Perseus, Heracles, Helen of Troy, Minos, and the Muses (by Mnemosyne); by Hera, he is usually said to have fathered Ares, Hebe and Hephaestus” (Wikipedia.com).
Science cannot explain it either, they cannot say it is like parthenogenesis. What’s parthenogenesis? “Parthenogenesis is a form of asexual reproduction found in females, where growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization by a male. The word ‘parthenogenesis’ comes from the Greek παρθενος, parthenos, meaning ‘virgin’, and γενεσις, genesisCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... », meaning ‘birth.’ Parthenogenesis occurs naturally in some invertebrate animal species (e.g., waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » fleas and honey bees, and in some vertebrates (e.g., some reptiles). There are no known cases of parthenogenesis naturally occurring in mammals” (illustrationexchange.com).
For some animals, parthenogenesis is normal but for mammals like human beings–it is not. Mary was not parthenogenesis.
Here’s how the holy impregnation would happen, the angel said to Mary, “The Holy SpiritPay it Forward Now!. Read more ... » will come over you, and the power of the Most High will surround you. Therefore, the child will be holy and will be called the Son of GodThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... ».”
The angel also argued that it was not impossible, and he cited the experience of his cousin, Elizabeth, “ListenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... »! Elizabeth, your relative, has herself conceived a son in her old age, this womanThe Samaritan Woman’s Strategy. Read more ... » who was told be barren is in her sixth month.”
As if the angel said that, see even the old barren woman can make healthy by God why not you who is still young. God can impregnate you through his power.
III. The Angel Says NothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » is Impossible (vv.37-38).
The angel Gabriel emphasized that “Nothing is impossible with respect to any of God’s promises.” In other wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » when God says it will happen it will come to reality. For human it may be impossible but for God there’s no impossibility. He can create something out of nothing.
After Mary heard all of these things, she showed her faithfulness by saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “Truly I am the Lord’s servantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... ». Let everything you have said happen to me.” In other words, Mary shall say “Okay tell God, I am ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » and do whatever he wants. I am his servant.”
We are celebrating this season the coming of the Lord in our lifeThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... ». We should bearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » in mind that nothing is impossible with God. The coming of Jesus was impossible, in human mind, but it is possible with God.
We experience a lot of challenges and problemsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » for the past year, it seems they are impossible to resolve. Some of our countrymen became depressed and fell to hopelessness. However, let us not forget that we have God in our side“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » who makes the impossible possible.