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"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God"
(Luke 1:30)

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christ's Birth Announced to Mary

Luke 1:26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
Luke 1:27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
Luke 1:28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."
Luke 1:29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Luke 1:30 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Luke 1:31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.
Luke 1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
Luke 1:33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
Luke 1:34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"
Luke 1:35 The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
Luke 1:36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.
Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God."
Luke 1:38 Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her."

[Luke 1:26] "In the sixth month" notes the time that elapsed since the vision of Zacharias in the temple (v. 11).

[Luke 1:27] New Testament Women (see chart). Luke has a special concern for women in his Gospel, giving greater attention to them than the other gospel writers. He is especially interested in relating the birth of Jesus from Mary's perspective. Matthew, in contrast, narrates events from the viewpoint of Joseph. (See chart, "New Testament Women," for other significant women.)

[Luke 1:32] "Highest" is a favorite name or title for God (1:35, 76; 6:35; Mark 5:7; Acts 7:48; Heb. 7:1). "His father David" is held by some to indicate that Mary, too, was descended from King David. Joseph, however, being a descendant of David, would legally have passed this right to rule to Jesus.

[Luke 1:35] Luke, the observant physician, supports the doctrine of the virgin conception of Jesus. He records Mary's testimony that she had never known a man sexually (v. 34). Luke also calls her a "virgin" (parthenon, Gk.), in v. 27. Furthermore, in v. 35 he describes the process through which the conception of Jesus was to be accomplished. The Holy Spirit would come upon Mary, and the power of the Highest would overshadow her. The consequence of this act of God is that the Child born of Mary would be called the Son of God. The virgin conception of Christ guarantees the perfect union of two natures in one Person. He is Jesus, the God-Man (cf. Isa. 7:14; 9:6, 7).

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