Fake News Part 2

December 11, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

Fake News Part 2 – The Family & Angels


Luke 1:1-4 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.


Luke 1 continues to tell the story of two SEPARATE angelic encounters, prophetic declarations, and miraculous conceptions.


  1. The parents of JOHN the Baptist.



  • Zechariah the priest is told he will have a son in his old age and the child will be the forerunner of the Messiah (SAVIOR of the world).




  • Zechariah is made SILENT by an angel until time to name the baby, at which point a crowd witnessed his healing and prophecy of John’s role.




  • Elizabeth stays SECLUDED up to her 6th month of pregnancy.  



  1. The parents of JESUS.



  • Mary, a betrothed virgin, is chosen to be the bearer of the incarnate GOD.




  • Mary is told about her cousins, NOT yet public pregnancy.




  • Elizabeth prophetically recognized Mary was pregnant with the LORD before Mary told her.



Joseph (Mary’s fiance) also had an ANGELIC encounter after Mary was found to be pregnant.


Matthew 1:18-25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.


Things to make note of:


  1. Zechariah’s disability was PUBLICLY verified from his angelic encounter in the temple to the day he named John.


  1. The pregnancy of John was MIRACULOUS as both parents were “very old”.


  1. Mary did NOT initially tell Joseph of her pregnancy and angelic encounter, but instead went to her cousin’s house for about 3 months.


  1. John’s birth was celebrated by a CROWD of people who recognized and spread the news throughout the region regarding the miraculous birth and healing of Zechariah.


  1. Zechariah PUBLICLY prophecies regarding his son and the Messiah to come.


  1. Mary’s pregnancy while UNWED, became inconcealable and she was found out.


  1. When Joseph found out about Mary’s pregnancy, he planned to DIVORCE her.


  1. Due to an angelic encounter Joseph took Mary to be his wife, but did not have intercourse with her until AFTER Jesus’ birth.


  1. JOSEPH named Jesus, demonstrating his faith and ownership in God’s plan in spite of public opinion about his unfaithful wife and bastard son.


  1. Zechariah, indirectly, and directly Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph all IDENTIFIED the unborn Jesus as the Lord, Messiah, God in the flesh.


The Question: Why would any of these people make this up and put themselves through the public humiliation and personal PAIN?