Coming to the concluding part of the Series titled “Why the Phenomenal Advent”, today let’s focus on two more aspects related to our Lord’s miraculous birth…
If Christ is called both a king and a priest, “…forever after the order of Melchizedek…” (Ps. 110:4 ESV — See alsoGen 14:18/Zech 6:12/Heb 7), then firstly both His royal and priesthood origins have to be clearly established. While His spiritual royalty emerges from the fact that He is the Son of the King of the Universe, born by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), the roots of His earthly kinghood can traced to King David through comprehensive the genealogical accounts of both Matthew’s (Matt 1:6-16) and the Luke’s (Luke 3:23-32) Gospels, with the former enlisting the ancestry of Joseph, the earthly guardian of Christ, and the latter enlisting that of Mary. Interestingly, this is double proof, if one was needed, that Jesus was a royal descendant of the greatest king of Israel, King David, on botht he sides of His earthly father and His mother.
So do these gospels with the elaborate Davidic genealogies authenticating His Royal antecedents close all routes on mapping Jesus’ ancestry to the Levitical Tribe, which is needed to establish His Priestly antecedents? NAY! Praise God for the good Doctor Luke, “who having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, decided to write a careful account of the Jesus story” (Luke 1:3 ESV), began some a very important history…oh boy…oh boy…the account of the Priestly family of Zacharias and Elizabeth, who was a direct descendant of Aaron. Now who was Elizabeth? OK, mother of John the Baptist, yes, but is that all? As we “dig through the tunnels of Luke’s Gospel”, surprise of surprises, we discover that she was a relative of Mary: “And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son…” (Luke 1:36 ESV)! Agreed, we need “double witness” in line with the Scriptural instructions (SeeJohn 8:17/Deut. 19:15) to substantiate a fact? So let’s visit another Scripture some portions besides the afore-referred one where Mary and Elizabeth are seen together, Luke 1:40-45 to be more precise:
“A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, ‘God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.'” (ESV).
From the visible blessed warmth in the interaction of these two blessed Biblical mothers, do you get a picture of two strangers meeting? Or two close relatives greeting one another? The answer is obvious, isn’t not? While Mary’s father was a Judean, Mary’s mother could have been a Levite and a sister of Elizabeth, say the Biblical scholars like Adam Clarke and JFB. A precedent of Judeans and Levites intermarrying is very much there in the Scriptures (2 Chronicles 22:11)! While the Scripture involving Elizabeth and Mary is quite familiar, it is the angle from which we perceive the well-known account that makes the whole story revelatory. Thank you, Holy Spirit, there is no teacher greater than You (John 14:26/1 John 2:27)!
So minus the role of Mary, the relative of Aaronic descendent Elizabeth in the Christmas narrative, the High Priest’s antecedents would go missing from our Great Redeemer’s matchless CV!
Ever wondered, why the good Lord got the Christmas narrative written down from exclusively Mary’s perspective (especially her apprehensions on conceiving whilst still being a virgin) in Luke’s Gospel only? For instance in other Gospels, like the Gospel of Matthew, we get to view the Christmas story entirely through the “eyes of Joseph”, so to say and not that of Mary. If at all there could have been any person who could have logically objected to a virgin birth, it would have been a doctor, and who was Mr. Luke? A Doctor (Col 4:13) Ladies and Gentlemen!!! Anyone still around, like Thomas of yore, doubting the miraculous virgin conception and birth?
Prayer: Father, once we praise and thank Thee for the miraculous virgin birth of Your Son and for making a Doctor of all persons document the same for the World to read and believe in this awesome miracle. We glorify Thee once again in Jesus’ Name. Amen
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
(To access the entire “Why the Phenomenal Advent?” mini-series, please click here.)