Commentary on Scene 121 – Gabriel Tells Mary that She will Birth A Son

Chapter 1 – The Birth of Jesus

Act 2 – The Annunciation to Mary

Scene 1 – Gabriel Tells Mary that She Will Birth A Son

Nazareth, Galilee            late December / 7 BCE

Luke 1:26-38

1  Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,

2  to a virgin engaged to a man of the house of David whose name was Joseph; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

3  Coming in, Gabriel said to her, “Greetings, favored one!  The Lord is with you.”

4  But Mary was very perplexed at this statement, and pondered what kind of salutation this was.

5  The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God!

6  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son; and you shall name Him Jesus.

7  He will be great; and will be called the Son of the Most High!

8  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.”

9  Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

10  The angel answered, and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. read more

Commentary on Scene 012 – The Word of God

CHAPTER 0 – PROLOGUE

Act 1 – Foreword

Scene 2 – The Word of God

John 1:1-5, 9-10, 14

  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  2. He was in the beginning with God.
  3. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
  4. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
  5. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.
  6. There was the true Light, which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
  7. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
  8. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him –
  9. but we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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This second Scene from The Synoptic Gospel is taken entirely from the first chapter of the Gospel of John, and is one of the most deeply profound and spiritually significant theological statements that has ever been made!

It is appropriate to use it here in the Prologue Chapter of The Synoptic Gospel because it talks about beginnings.  This is the beginning of The Gospel Story of Jesus Christ, and it opens the New Testament, even as the opening line of the Book of Genesis of the Old Testament reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

From the first verse, “In the beginning was the Word. …” the first thing to consider is: the beginning of what?  The beginning of God?  The beginning of the Word?  The beginning of Heaven or the heavens?  The beginning of the universe?  Or is it merely the beginning of the earth?

The second question is, what is “the Word”?  And if “word” means something that is spoken verbally, as a command, who is the one that spoke it? read more