Gabriel’s visit and announcement to Mary is relevant in light of the Holy Spirit impregnating her with the Christ Child.
Mary’s Immaculate Conception is relevant in light of her enduring the social pressure of being pregnant before marriage.
Mary’s pregnancy is relevant in light of her carrying to term what she came to terms with when she said, “May it be to me according to your word.”
Mary’s delivery of the Christ Child is relevant in light of the truth that He is the Light of the world God loves, and sent to deliver from sin and shame.
Christ Jesus’ birth is relevant in light of His life and ministry of total obedience to God’s Word, will and ways in purity and power.
Christ Jesus’ life and ministry is relevant in light of His enduring death on the Cross.
Christ Jesus’ death on the Cross is relevant in light of His burial in a borrowed tomb.
Christ Jesus’ burial in a borrowed tomb is relevant in light of the empty tomb, meaning Christ Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, becoming the firstfruit of His unique resurrection.
The empty tomb is relevant in light of Christ Jesus’ ascension into heaven.
Christ Jesus’ ascension into heaven is relevant in light of His coronation as King of kings and Lord of lords, where He currently rules His kingdom on the throne of David.
Christ Jesus’ coronation is relevant in light of His pouring the Holy Spirit out and onto the assembled saints who obeyed Him by waiting in Jerusalem until they received the Promise of the Father, and were clothed with power from on high.
Christ Jesus’ pouring out of the Holy Spirit is relevant in light of all succeeding generations of believers obeying Him in receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which is a promise of the Father, to clothe us in power to live like Christ, who was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the river Jordan, so that He could and would live in obedience to His Father in purity and power, completing the very purpose He was born of the Spirit to live as our role model for all life and ministry.
The writer of Hebrews in chapter 9 verse 28 says Christ Jesus will return a second time bringing with Him the fulfillment of the salvation He offered in His first coming, to those who eagerly await Him.
What does it mean to eagerly await Him? Well, it would take a lot of time and space to elaborate on the meaning.
Let me give you a condensed, condensed version. I believe it means to fully live the life God purposes for those who He saves.
In other words, to find and fulfill the purpose for which salvation was offered to you. Paul told Timothy, “Lay hold of eternal life.” To me, that means to grasp the eternal purpose of the eternal life we receive when we surrender to the Lordship of Christ Jesus.
I wrote a book that goes into this called Leaving the Land of Your Limitations. The book begins by looking at a man with a withered right arm which caused him to believe he could not grasp what was possible.
Christ told him to step forward out of the periphery of life within the community of “believers” in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Step forward means to step up and into the very place Christ sees you and expects you to move to.
Jesus called him to do what was possible so he could see his perceived impossibility be removed.
Next, Jesus said, “Stretch out your hand [arm].”
Impossibilities are meant to bow to Christ Jesus but we must first do what we know we can do, then we move into living supernaturally naturally.
What has Christ Jesus said for you to do that you have yet to do?
Have you heard Him say, “Do not . . . until you are clothed with Power from on high?”
Do you hear Him saying that right now?
I believe Pentecost is part of the finished work of the Cross.
I pray as you focus on the Babe you find the Lord because He is not a Baby in a manger, nor is He a broken Man on a Cross, nor is He a buried Man in a tomb, but He is a resurrected and glorified Man who mediates between God and man, who expects all of His people to fully obey Him, regardless of the cost.
Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity and purpose!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder