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Jesus’ Birth Announced
Birth of Jesus
Luke 1:26-45 [46-56] Commentary
by Emerson Powery
The announcement of new births is usually exciting in most settings in human history.
It reminds us of the significance of newness, new hopes, and new dreams, and even the possibility of making a difference in the world. Birth also signifies change. It alters the make-up of families. Commitments must be re-conceived. Many make sacrifices to insure the well-being of the newborn. Siblings have to learn to share. On the other hand, unpleasant things can happen at birth settings as well. In the industrial world, we think less about the adversities due to the high rate of successful births. Infertility is also not stigmatized as it once was, but there are circles in which this creates deep sadness.
The announcement of Jesus’ birth is the beginning of a new age. Luke situates the story between the pronouncement of John the Baptist’s birth (see also 1:5-25) and the description of John’s birth (see also 1:57-80). As central as John and Jesus are to Luke’s narrative, their parents are the subjects of this opening chapter. Gabriel, God’s angel, appears ...
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NL245: Jesus' Birth Announced
December 18, 2016
This Narrative Lectionary podcast discusses Luke 1:26-45 [46-56], the reading for Dec. 18, 2016. Listen in to NL246 (Intro to Luke's Gospel) and NL247 (Bonus track on this week's NL reading featuring Matt Skinner).