English Standard Version (ESV)
Birth of Jesus Foretold
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 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, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
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 will be called holy— the Son of God.
Karin Rosner is a creative wanderer, mischief-maker and armchair theologian living and writing in New York City. Her passion is using online social spaces to help people discover who Jesus is and how to have a real, offline relationship with him. When she’s not doing online stuff, she”s involved in various ministries (like The Alpha Course) through The Parish of Calvary-St. George’s in Manhattan. Her day job in marketing is a short walk from 42nd Street, Broadway and Times Square… the crossroads of the world.