The announcement of the coming birth of Jesus by Gabriel to the virgin Mary. A brief look at some of the Old Testament Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus’ birth. The essential nature of the virgin birth to the Gospel of salvation by Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross. Refutation of the un-Biblical idea that Mary was also born with a sinless nature, leading to the idolatrous worship of Mary.
John the Baptist’s father – Zacharias’ – encounter with the angel Gabriel at the temple altar of incense. Examination of what the Bible teaches and doesn’t teach about the relationship between Elijah and John the Baptist. A brief look at what Luke says (and doesn’t say) about the date of John the Baptist’s birth.