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And Mary said to the angel, "How shall these things be, since I am a virgin?" 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........."           Luke 1: 34,35   [BC 0; Luke, the writer, was a physician]


Perhaps the most consulted professional by everyone in Jersey is the GP. And, in chatting with friends, the necessary GP attributes come out frequently - thoroughness, care and medical expertise.

Luke, the first century physician/writer was no exception. He wrote two books - a thoroughly researched record of the life of Jesus Christ (AD 0 - AD 33) and a similarly accurate record of the work and activities of those who were disciples of Jesus Christ in the years immediately following his resurrection and return to his Father in AD 33. Both books have been checked many times against political and geographical facts and found to be extremely well-informed.

Luke's thoroughness in research is one thing. What about his care? Interestingly, Luke had the caring nature of a good GP - he cared very much for the ill and the disadvantaged. He also cared greatly about females - a reflection of the first century AD male dominated society in which he was seemingly very uncomfortable. 

And medical expertise? Yes, his two books record more medical details than any other New Testament biographies of Jesus Christ.

But what about Luke's record above of an angel coming to Mary, a young virgin engaged to be married to a carpenter, living in Nazareth, an undesirable town in Galilee 50 miles north of Jerusalem. And the angel saying to this virgin that she will have a child whom she will name "Jesus" and that her son will be called the Son of the Most High and that there will be no end to his kingdom?

Luke records that Mary (above) asks for an explanation about her key problem with the angel's words:  "since I am a virgin". And Dr Luke uses the Greek words for virgin: ginosco ou aner = know no man.)

He doesn't balk at that: this is an intervention of supernatural proportions and he has researched it.

Mary is given a two-fold explanation. First, the holy spirit (Greek hagios = uniquely pure, inviolably pure; pneuma = life, breath) will come upon her. Second, the power (Greek dunamis = inherent dynamic power) of the Most High (Greek hupsistos =  the highest of all high rankings) will overshadow her.......

That's quite something: the uniquely, inviolably pure life spirit will come upon you and the inherent dynamic power of the highest of all high rankings will overshadow you.......

And there is a consequence from those two explanations, a "therefore"..... 

Therefore the child to be born will be called holy (Greek, as earlier, hagios = uniquely pure, inviolably pure) - the Son of God.

And so it came to pass. The child was born in AD 0; he was called Jesus; he was uniquely pure, inviolably pure (so much so that key folk could not abide the sight of him and killed him); he was called "Son of God". He was executed as a convicted criminal. He rose from the dead.

All religions involve a search for God; all proceed from man outwards. Here was an intervention from Almighty God into world history.

Christmas is fantastic but nothing of Jesus Christ is fantasy.

‘The earth wondered, at Christ's nativity, to see a new star in Heaven, but heaven might rather wonder to see a new sun on earth.' (Richard Clerke, Clergyman, died 1634)
‘I immerse you with water but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie, he will immerse you with the uniquely pure, inviolably pure life spirit.' (John the Baptist AD 30)
Richard Syvret

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