Audio Sermon “God's Miniature”

Nov 13, 2016
“God's Miniature" No.14 by Rev. Toru Asai
Luke 1:35, John 19:25-28, etc.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph 5:1-2)

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The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35). "

These were the words that the angel spoke to Mary. Jesus came to exist in a very abnormal way. All of his genes were inherited from his mother Mary except his Y chromosome, which determined his maleness: his Y chromosome must have come directly from the Father. This was, in fact, the fulfillment of the following scripture in Jeremiah.

How long will you wander, O unfaithful daughter?
The LORD will create a new thing on earth—
a woman will surround a man (lit. femaleness will envelop (a) male, Jer 31:22).

Mary and Joseph, about 40 days after the birth of their son, went to the temple in Jerusalem to dedicate him to the Lord. Simeon who saw Jesus and was moved by the Holy Spirit blessed them and said to Mary:

This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too (Luke 2:34-35).

These words obviously indicated how Jesus was going to die, and how Mary was going to suffer because of his death. The name Mary in Greek is Mariam, and it is equivalent to Miriam in Hebrew. The name Miriam comes from the verb, mararu (to be bitter), and Miriam, the sister of Moses, was probably named that way because she was born at the time when the Hebrews were being persecuted in Egypt (their newborn boys were killed). She was a well-known prophetess and sang a victory song after the Egyptian army was drowned in the Red Sea. Another name that is associated with this word is Mara, the name by which Naomi called herself when she returned to Bethlehem with Ruth after she had lost her husband and both of her sons. She said:

Don't call me Naomi (meaning pleasant). Call me Mara (bitterness), because the Almighty has made my life very bitter (hemar, Ruth 1:20).

This Naomi as Mara corresponds to "Jesus' mother" in John's gospel. As Naomi took the son who was born of Boaz, and became his foster-mother (omenet), Mary took John as her son after the death of her own son Jesus.

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-27).

"Jesus' mother" in John's gospel is the type of the Holy Spirit. She was separated from Jesus right before his death so that he could be given to his disciples.

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty (v. 28)."

This was also the fulfillment of the scripture, "Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk (Exod 34:26)": the mother's milk was the Holy Spirit who nourished Jesus, and he was not sacrificed together with the "goat." The Holy Spirit who had fostered Jesus spiritually and worked with him in his ministry has now become the foster of those who were born through his redemption.

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