The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name Him Jesus.
“He will be great and
will be called the Son of the Most High;
and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever,
and His kingdom will have no end.”
Luke 1:30-33
Most high.” The Greek word is hypsistos. It means the “highest of high” and only used thirteen times in the New Testament, all in reference to God and Jesus.
In their joy over the birth of Jesus, the angels praised within the hearing of the shepherds;
“Glory to God in the highest, [hypsistos]
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Luke 2:14
The unclean spirits recognized Him.
“… shouting with a loud voice, he said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus,
Son of the Most High [hypsistos] God?
I implore You by God, do not torment me!”
Mark 5:7
Just before He was crucified, He entered Jerusalem and the crowds recognized Him and shouted.
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
Hosanna in the highest!” [hypsistos]
Matthew 21:9
Just as Gabriel told Mary, Jesus was the Son of the Most High God. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes forget the magnitude of “most high.” In a day when there is a newer and better version of  something man-made every year, there will never be a newer or better God. There will never be a higher name or authority. He is above all and always will be.
As I contemplate His sovereignty over all Creation, I am compelled to bow in reverence to the Most High God. He is worthy of highest praise and the highest place in my thoughts, my desires, my motives, my actions. When I give Him highest place, all fear is replaced with faith, and all doubt will be replaced with peace.
May we all see His magnificent power, submit to His will, and live our remaining days in praise to the Most High God.

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