Today we start our journey through the book of Luke. I hope you are walking this journey with me. Today we’ll start by reading Luke 1. Remember, if you don’t have a Bible or are away from your Bible, you can always read the chapter online.
I love that Luke, the doctor, who is precise and tells us in the opening paragraph that he has “carefully investigated everything from the beginning,” starts his account of the life of Jesus with two miracles! First we have Gabriel meeting with Zechariah to tell Zechariah that he and Elizabeth will have a child in their old age! This child will be John the Baptist! How exciting for Zechariah and Elizabeth!
How long to you think Elizabeth had been praying for a child? How long had Zechariah been asking for a son? Do you think they had given up hope? As you read Zechariah’s reaction to Gabriel, do you think you would have reacted the same way? Would you have wanted proof? How would you have reacted?
In chapter one we find out that not only are Zechariah and Elizabeth going to have a son, but Elizabeth’s cousin Mary is also going to have a son. Now Mary is engaged, but not married and still a virgin. She asks the logical question of Gabriel (when Gabriel tells her that she is going to have a son), “How will this be since I am still a virgin?” Good question, Mary. We find out here that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and she will become pregnant. And the “holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (v35)
Two miraculous pregnancies in one chapter. What a way to start a book! After Gabriel meets with Mary, Mary goes to visit Elizabeth. Zechariah must have loved that…two pregnant women living under one roof! What a man!
Anyway, just before we read about the birth of John the Baptist, we read “Mary’s Song.” Read it with me here.