This is the second installment in summarizing Gabriel’s announcement of Christ’s birth to Mary. As previously noted, this announcement has no less than seven prophecies: Four concerns His first coming; Three refers to His second coming. The first four has already been fulfilled; three are still slumbering in the womb of time waiting for the appropriate time for delivery. The first four had a literal fulfillment; the last three demands a literal interpretation as well.
3. “He shall be great.” (v32A)
This speaks of His unparalleled fame. He is truly the greatest person who ever lived. Who could one compare to Him? Solomon, Socrates, Plato, Einstein, Confuses, Buddha, Mohammed? The distance that separates these from Christ is the distance from mortal man to an omnipotent, omnipresent God. He in unparalleled in the impact of His coming. Evil men conspired to diminish His greatness, to obstruct His purpose. They did put Him to death, but he defied them by rising from the dead. Gabriel said, “He shall be great” and after two thousand years, so He is, so He is.
4. “..and shall be called the Son of the Highest.” (v32A)
This is another clause that suggest the impact of His coming. He is acknowledged by millions as the Son of God. Consider, no one demonstrated Deity like Him: The only one to raise the dead without praying; the only one to feed thousands with one small lunch; the only one to countermand natural laws. The disciples wondering said, “What manner of man is this?” He was the Son of the Highest. Naked He was taken from the cross and laid in a tomb, but the tomb could not hold Him. It was inevitable that He would be resurrected. It is inconceivable that a life like His could rot away in a tomb in Palestine. Why? He was the Son of the Highest. If not, who was He? The son of Joseph? The prophets say no, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John say no, Jesus says no, God says no. I can say on the highest of authority, He is the Son of the Highest. Glory! What a claim.