EARTH, NOVEMBER, 8 BC In Nazareth, a city in Palestine, one evening about sundown, before Joseph had returned home, Gabriel appeared to Mary. After she had recovered her composure, he said: “I come at the bidding of one who is my Master and whom you shall love and nurture. To you, Mary, I bring glad tidings when I announce that the conception within you is ordained by heaven, and that in due time you will become the mother of a son; you shall call him Jesus, and he shall inaugurate the kingdom of heaven on earth and among humankind. Speak not of this matter save to Joseph and to Elizabeth, your kinswoman, to whom I have also appeared, and who shall presently also bear a son, whose name shall be John, and who will prepare the way for the message of deliverance which your son shall proclaim to all with great power and deep conviction.
“And doubt not my word, Mary, for this home has been chosen as the mortal habitat of the child of destiny. My benediction rests upon you, the power of the Most Highs will strengthen you, and the Lord of all the earth shall overshadow you.”
|Joseph was doubtful about Mary’s visitation story until he had an impressive dream in which a celestial messenger verified the miracle that was about to happen. Meanwhile, the couple await the expected August birth in their little home in the northern outskirts of Nazareth.|