Luke 1:21-38 The Message Bible

21  Meanwhile, the congregation waiting for Zachariah was getting restless, wondering what was keeping him so long in the sanctuary. 22  When he came out and couldn't speak, they knew he had seen a vision. He continued speechless and had to use sign language with the people. 23  When the course of his priestly assignment was completed, he went back home.[ 24  It wasn't long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. 25  "So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!" she said.

Jesus' Birth Foretold

26  In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth 27  to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin's name, Mary. 28  Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her: Good morning! You're beautiful with God's beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you. 29  She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. 30  But the angel assured her, "Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: 31  You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. 32  He will be great, be called 'Son of the Highest.' The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David; 33  He will rule Jacob's house forever - no end, ever, to his kingdom." 34  Mary said to the angel, "But how? I've never slept with a man." 35  The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God. 36  "And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months' pregnant! 37  Nothing, you see, is impossible with God." 38  And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now: I'm the Lord's maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say. Then the angel left her. Blessed Among Women

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