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 111 – The Birth of John is Foretold to Zacharias

Chapter 1 – The Birth of Jesus

Act 1 – Prophecy About John

Scene 1 – The Birth of John is Foretold to Zacharias

Mark 1:1 / Luke 1:5-23

This commentary begins a new Chapter – Chapter 1 – entitled, The Birth of Jesus.  You can probably guess what this Chapter is about…

This first Scene of the Chapter is taken entirely from the Gospel of Luke, with the exception of one verse from the Gospel of Mark, which is its opening line (Mark 1:1). There are no parallel verses shared between the Gospels in this scene. The contents of this Scene, along with the next few Scenes which are also taken entirely from the Gospel of Luke, have been called, The Birth Narrative.

Although the author, Luke, was not an apostle or disciple of Jesus Christ, and had never met Him in the flesh, he wanted to write an account which he compiled from the testimonies of “those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word”, as he stated in the second verse of his Gospel. This group included some of the apostles of Jesus, and people who had been with Him, which likely included His family.

Luke’s Gospel is the longest of the four Gospels (at 1,151 verses), and it contains many details and stories that are not found in the other Gospel accounts.  The Gospel of Luke is often recited around Christmastime for the details that it provides about the birth story of Jesus. For more information on Luke, see the very first post of this series. read more

Commentary on Scene 022 – The Genealogy of The Son of God

CHAPTER 0

Act 2 – The Genealogy of Jesus

Scene 2 – The Genealogy of The Son of God

Luke 3:23-38

This scene of The Synoptic Gospel is taken entirely from the Gospel of Luke, and it recounts the genealogy of Jesus as the Son of God, and lists the lineage of Jesus from Joseph, the husband of His mother Mary, all the way back through time to Adam, as the “son of God”.

It is not uncommon for the story of a great man to open with his ancestry – at least a mention about who his mother and father were, and other ancestors further back in time especially if they are of note or importance.

Luke’s genealogical record of Jesus is different from most Jewish ancestries in that it begins in the present with Jesus, and then goes backwards in time to end with the first man, “… Adam, the son of God”. Naming Jesus first, and then going backwards in time emphasizes Jesus. By contrast, if you recall, the genealogy of Matthew’s Gospel (Scene 021) began with Abraham, who is seen as the beginning of the Israelite lineage, and went forward in time to end with Jesus.

While Matthew’s genealogical record is mainly for the Jewish people, this record in Luke was written to prove that Jesus is the Son of God, which is of interest to all the people in the entire world. read more

Commentary on Scene 021 – The Genealogy of The Messiah

CHAPTER 0

Act 2 – The Genealogy of Jesus

Scene 1 – The Genealogy of The Messiah

Matthew 1:1-17

  1. The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
  2. Abraham was the father of Isaac,
  3. Isaac the father of Jacob,
  4. and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
  5. Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar,
  6. Perez was the father of Hezron,  Genealogy of Jesus Christ
  7. and Hezron the father of Ram.
  8. Ram was the father of Amminadab,
  9. Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
  10. and Nahshon the father of Salmon.
  11. Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab,
  12. Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth,
  13. and Obed the father of Jesse.
  14. Jesse was the father of David the King.
  15. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba, who had been the wife of Uriah.
  16. Solomon was the father of Rehoboam,
  17. Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
  18. and Abijah the father of Asa.
  19. Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat,
  20. Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
  21. and Joram the father of Uzziah.
  22. Uzziah was the father of Jotham,
  23. Jotham the father of Ahaz,
  24. and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
  25. Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh,
  26. Manasseh the father of Amon,
  27. and Amon the father of Josiah.
  28. Josiah became the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
  29. After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel,
  30. and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel.
  31. Zerubbabel was the father of Abihud,
  32. Abihud the father of Eliakim,
  33. and Eliakim the father of Azor.
  34. Azor was the father of Zadok,
  35. Zadok the father of Achim,
  36. and Achim the father of Eliud.
  37. Eliud was the father of Eleazar,
  38. Eleazar the father of Matthan,
  39. and Matthan the father of Jacob.
  40. Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
  41. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations;
  42. from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations;
  43. and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

.

column top wide

In this third post of the Scenes of The Synoptic Gospel a new Act begins, entitled, The Genealogy of Jesus.  You can probably guess what this Scene is about…

This Scene is taken entirely from the Gospel of Matthew, where verse 1 begins with, “The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, …” 

It is interesting to note that the name “Jesus” is the first and also the last name that is mentioned in the New Testament, so that He is like the book-ends that hold the entire cannon together.  And this means that the New Testament is clearly about Jesus Christ.

This record has usually been considered to be through Joseph, the “father” of Jesus, and it represents a royal lineage which mentions many of the Kings of Israel, as opposed to the genealogy that is recorded in the Gospel of Luke, which has traditionally been seen as listing a more priestly lineage through His mother Mary, and we will examine that in the next post, on the commentary of Scene 022. read more