Sometimes, prophecies embarrass us because we want to be perceived as intelligent rather than primitive. In our pursuit of this goal, we struggle to accept the Truth of Sacred Scripture. The advent season is upon us once again. For many, this is a time of joy and celebration. But for some, it is a time of controversy and debate. The birth of Christ has been the subject of much debate over the centuries. Some argue that this birth was merely fictitious because no one could be born from a Virgin. Others argue that he was born in December, while others claim that he was born in April. There is no consensus on the exact date of his birth. However, what is important is not the exact date of his birth, but the significance of his birth. In today’s sermon, Reverend Julio Orozco will talk about the importance of this blessed disruption in Bethlehem.
Receiving The Hope Of Advent: A Disruption in Bethlehem
The Passage: Luke 1:26-38
Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[b] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[c]
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.