Annunciation (Crucified VBS)
- Liturgical Date: Crucified VBS Day 2 - June 2, 2014
- Order of Service: Evening Opening
- Hymns: LSB #461
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy--the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God." 38 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38)
As we heard yesterday, each of us has fallen into sin thanks to Adam and Eve not listening to God. Now, we need forgiveness. Just as they needed forgiveness. All of us disobey God's commandments.
Jesus was sent to us to earn forgiveness for us. His birth from the Virgin Mary was part of God's plan of salvation. Jesus, true God, the Second Person of the Trinity, had to be born as a baby boy.
He grew up just like us. But there was one big difference. Jesus didn't have any sin. Not Adam and Eve's. Not His own. He was the perfect person to earn the forgiveness that we cannot.
The angel Gabriel came to Mary's house to deliver the great news. She was going to be Jesus' mom. "You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus" (v31). Jesus' name means, "The Lord saves." Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus will rule over God's people.
Not as a king. Jesus rules over His Church. Jesus' Church is all over the world. Jesus' Church numbers more than two billion people. All different places. All different languages. All different styles of worshipping God. But they all have one God. One ruler. Jesus.
Jesus came as a baby to keep God's promise to Adam and Eve. Jesus is the Savior who would crush the serpent's head. The Savior who would be bitten by the serpent but only on the heel. Tomorrow we'll see the serpent's bite. Wednesday we'll see Jesus crush the serpent's head.
But today we look at Jesus being born for us. That He reigns over us forever. His kingdom never ends. Because He died but is now alive forevermore. Amen.