The Message

Luke 1

11-4 So many others have tried their hand at putting together a story of the wonderful harvest of Scripture and history that took place among us, using reports handed down by the original eyewitnesses who served this Word with their very lives. Since I have investigated all the reports in close detail, starting from the story’s beginning, I decided to write it all out for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught.

A Childless Couple Conceives

5-7 During the rule of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest assigned service in the regiment of Abijah. His name was Zachariah. His wife was descended from the daughters of Aaron. Her name was Elizabeth. Together they lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments and enjoying a clear conscience before God. But they were childless because Elizabeth could never conceive, and now they were quite old.

8-12 It so happened that as Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties before God, working the shift assigned to his regiment, it came his one turn in life to enter the sanctuary of God and burn incense. The congregation was gathered and praying outside the Temple at the hour of the incense offering. Unannounced, an angel of God appeared just to the right of the altar of incense. Zachariah was paralyzed in fear.

13-15 But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you—many will delight in his birth. He’ll achieve great stature with God.

15-17 “He’ll drink neither wine nor beer. He’ll be filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment he leaves his mother’s womb. He will turn many sons and daughters of Israel back to their God. He will herald God’s arrival in the style and strength of Elijah, soften the hearts of parents to children, and kindle devout understanding among hardened skeptics—he’ll get the people ready for God.”

18 Zachariah said to the angel, “Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.”

19-20 But the angel said, “I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news. But because you won’t believe me, you’ll be unable to say a word until the day of your son’s birth. Every word I’ve spoken to you will come true on time—God’s time.”

21-22 Meanwhile, the congregation waiting for Zachariah was getting restless, wondering what was keeping him so long in the sanctuary. When he came out and couldn’t speak, they knew he had seen a vision. He continued speechless and had to use sign language with the people.

23-25 When the course of his priestly assignment was completed, he went back home. It wasn’t long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. “So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!” she said.

A Virgin Conceives

26-28 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:

Good morning!
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.

29-33 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.

He will be great,
    be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
    the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
    no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

34 Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”

35 The angel answered,

The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
    the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
    will be called Holy, Son of God.

36-38 “And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”

And Mary said,

Yes, I see it all now:
    I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
    just as you say.

Then the angel left her.

Blessed Among Women

39-45 Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,

You’re so blessed among women,
    and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that
    the mother of my Lord visits me?
The moment the sound of your
    greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb
    skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
Blessed woman, who believed what God said,
    believed every word would come true!

46-55 And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
    on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
    scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
    pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
    the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
    he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
    beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

The Birth of John

57-58 When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had overwhelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her.

59-60 On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. But his mother intervened: “No. He is to be called John.”

61-62 “But,” they said, “no one in your family is named that.” They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named.

63-64 Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, “His name is to be John.” That took everyone by surprise. Surprise followed surprise—Zachariah’s mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God!

65-66 A deep, reverential fear settled over the neighborhood, and in all that Judean hill country people talked about nothing else. Everyone who heard about it took it to heart, wondering, “What will become of this child? Clearly, God has his hand in this.”

67-79 Then Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
    he came and set his people free.
He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives,
    and in the very house of David his servant,
Just as he promised long ago
    through the preaching of his holy prophets:
Deliverance from our enemies
    and every hateful hand;
Mercy to our fathers,
    as he remembers to do what he said he’d do,
What he swore to our father Abraham—
    a clean rescue from the enemy camp,
So we can worship him without a care in the world,
    made holy before him as long as we live.
And you, my child, “Prophet of the Highest,”
    will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways,
Present the offer of salvation to his people,
    the forgiveness of their sins.
Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
    God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
    those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
    down the path of peace.

80 The child grew up, healthy and spirited. He lived out in the desert until the day he made his prophetic debut in Israel.

Knijga O Kristu

Evanđelje po Luki 1

prema predaji prvih učenika i drugih očevidaca.[a]

Odlučio sam stoga i ja, vrli Teofile, tebi napisati sve po redu, pošto sam sve od početka pomno ispitao,

da se tako osvjedočiš u pouzdanost učenja koje si primio.

Navještenje rođenja Ivana Krstitelja

Za vladavine judejskoga kralja Heroda bio je neki svećenik imenom Zaharija iz Abijina reda hramskih službenika. žena mu je također bila iz Aronova svećeničkog plemena. Zvala se Elizabeta.

Oboje su bili pravedni pred Bogom jer su besprijekorno bili poslušni svim zapovijedima i odredbama Gospodnjim.

Nisu imali djece jer je Elizabeta bila nerotkinja, a oboje su već bili u poodmakloj dobi.

Jednoga je dana Zaharija služio Bogu u Hramu jer je na dužnosti bio njegov red.

Prema svećeničkome običaju ždrijebom ga zapadne da uđe u Svetište Gospodnje i da prinese k

10 Za vrijeme kađenja sve se mnoštvo naroda vani molilo.

11 A Zahariji se ukaže Božji anđeo. Stajao je s desne strane kadionog žrtvenika.

12 Kad ga ugleda, Zaharija se veoma prestraši.

13 Ali anđeo mu reče: 'Ne boj se, Zaharija! Jer uslišana ti je molitva: tvoja će ti žena Elizabeta roditi sina. Nadjenut ćeš mu ime Ivan.

14 Bit ćeš radostan i veseo, i mnogi će se veseliti njegovu rođenju.

15 Bit će on doista velik u očima Gospodnjim. Neće piti vina ni drugoga opojnog pića. Bit će ispunjen Svetim Duhom još od majčine utrobe.

16 Navest će mnoge židove da se obrate Gospodinu, svojemu Bogu.

17 Ići će pred Gospodinom pun duha i sile kao drevni prorok Ilija. Obratit će srce otaca k sinovima, a nepokorne umove promijeniti tako da prihvate razumnost pravednika. Pripremit će narod za dolazak Gospodnji.'

18 Zaharija reče anđelu: 'Po čemu ću znati da će se to dogoditi? Već sam star, a i žena mi je u poodmakloj dobi.'

19 Anđeo mu odgovori: 'Ja sam Gabrijel, koji stojim pred samim Bogom. Poslan sam da govorim s tobom i da ti donesem radosnu vijest.

20 A sada ćeš zanijemiti i nećeš moći govoriti do dana kada za to dođe vrijeme i moje se riječi ispune zato što im nisi povjerovao.

21 Narod je za to vrijeme čekao Zahariju i čudio se što se on toliko zadržao u Svetištu.

22 Kad je napokon izišao, nije im mogao ništa reći. Oni shvate da je u Svetištu imao viđenje. Pokušao im je govoriti znacima, ali je ostao nijem.

23 Ostao je u Hramu dok nisu istekli dani njegove službe, a zatim se vratio doma.

24 Ubrzo zatim njegova žena Elizabeta zanese. Pet mjeseci se krila. Govorila je:

25 'Gospodin mi je to učinio! Skinuo je s mene sramotu pred ljudima.'

Navještenje Isusova rođenja

26 Nakon šest mjeseci Bog pošalje anđela Gabrijela u galilejski grad Nazaret

27 k djevici Mariji, zaručenoj za čovjeka imenom Josip, iz Davidove loze.

28 Gabrijel joj se ukazao i rekao: 'Zdravo, milosti puna! Gospodin s tobom!'

29 Nato se Marija uznemiri te se počne domišljati što bi taj pozdrav mogao značiti.

30 'Ne boj se, Marijo!' reče joj anđeo. 'Bog ti je odlučio dati milost.

31 Zanijet ćeš i roditi sina. Nadjenut ćeš mu ime Isus.

32 On će biti vrlo velik i zvat će se Sin Svevišnjega. Gospodin Bog dat će mu prijestolje njegova pretka Davida.

33 Vladat će Izraelom[b] zauvijek; njegovu kraljevstvu neće biti kraja.'

34 Marija upita anđela: 'Ali kako? Ja još nisam upoznala muškarca.'

35 Anđeo joj odgovori: 'Sveti Duh će sići na tebe i sila Svevišnjega će te zakriliti. Zato će dijete koje rodiš biti sveto, Božji Sin.

36 Eto, tvoja je sestrična Elizabeta u starosti začela sina. Zvali su ju nerotkinjom, a trudna je već šest mjeseci.

37 Jer Bogu nije ništa nemoguće!'

38 Marija mu reče: 'Evo, Božja sam sluškinja. Neka mi bude kao što si rekao!' Anđeo tada ode.

Marija posjećuje Elizabetu

39 Nekoliko dana poslije Marija požuri u gorski predjel Judeje,

40 k Zahariji. Uđe u kuću i pozdravi Elizabetu.

41 Na Marijin pozdrav Elizabeti poskoči dijete u utrobi, a ona se napuni Svetim Duhom

42 te glasno poviče: 'Najblagoslovljenija si od svih žena i blagoslovljen je plod tvoje utrobe!

43 Kakve li časti da me posjeti majka mojega Gospodina!

44 Jer onog časa kad je tvoj pozdrav dopro do mojih ušiju, na tvoj je glas čedo u meni poskočilo od radosti!

45 Blago tebi jer si povjerovala da će se ispuniti što ti je rekao Gospodin!'

Marijin hvalospjev

46 Marija tada reče:
    'Slavi duša moja Gospodina!
47     Duh se moj raduje u Bogu, mojemu Spasitelju!
48     Spomenuo se milostivo svoje neznatne sluškinje! Svi će me naraštaji odsad nazivati blaženom
49     jer mi je Svesilni, čije je ime sveto, učinio velika djela.
50     Njegova je milost od naraštaja do naraštaja nad onima koji ga štuju.
51     Moćnom rukom čini silna djela, rastjeruje ohole i umišljene.
52     Zbacio je s prijestolja vladare, a uzvisio neznatne.
53     Gladne je nasitio dobrima, a bogataše otpustio praznih ruku.
54     Priskočio je u pomoć svojemu sluzi Izraelu sjećajući se milosti
55     koju je obećao našim precima: da će Abrahamu i njegovim potomcima uvijek biti milostiv.'

56 Marija je s Elizabetom ostala otprilike tri mjeseca, a zatim se vratila doma.

Rođenje Ivana KRSTITELJA

57 Elizabeti je došlo vrijeme da rodi te ona rodi sina.

58 Kad se među njezinim susjedima i rodbinom pročulo da joj je Bog iskazao veliku milost, veselili su se skupa s njom.

59 Kad je dijete navršilo osam dana, okupe se na obredu obrezanja. Htjeli su dječaka nazvati Zaharijom po ocu,

60 ali se Elizabeta usprotivi: 'Nipošto! Mora se zvati Ivan!'

61 'Pa u cijeloj se tvojoj obitelji nitko tako ne zove!'

62 Zato znacima upitaju dječakova oca kako ga želi nazvati.

63 On zatraži da mu daju pločicu i napiše: 'Zove se Ivan.' Svi se začude,

64 a Zahariji se odriješi jezik te on smjesta progovori i počne slaviti Boga.

65 Strah Božji obuzme sve žitelje toga kraja. Po cijelome judejskom gorju prepričavali su se ti događaji.

66 I tko god bi o njima čuo, razmišljao je o njima i pitao se: 'Što će biti od toga djeteta? Zaista je nad njim ruka Gospodnja.'

Zaharijino proročanstvo

67 Tada njegova oca Zahariju ispuni Sveti Duh te on izrekne proročanstvo:
68     'Slava Gospodinu Bogu Izraelovu jer je pohodio svoj narod i otkupio ga!
69     Podiže nam silnog Spasitelja iz potomstva svojega sluge Davida,
70     kao što je od davnine obećao kroz riječi svojih svetih proroka:
71     spasiti nas od neprijatelja i od ruku svih naših mrzitelja.
72     Bio je milosrdan našim precima i spomenuo se svojega svetog Saveza,
73     zavjeta koji je dao našemu ocu Abrahamu.
74     Izbavio nas je od neprijatelja da mu možemo služiti bez straha
75     u svetosti i pravednosti u sve svoje dane.
76     A ti ćeš se, sine moj, zvati prorokom Svevišnjega jer ćeš ići ispred Gospodina da mu pripraviš put.
77     Poučit ćeš njegov narod kako da spozna spasenje kroz oproštenje svojih grijeha,
78     po milosrdnom srcu našega Boga po kojemu će nas pohoditi zora s visine
79     da donese svjetlo onima koji prebivaju u tmini i u smrtnoj sjeni te da naše korake povede putem mira.'

80 Dječak je rastao i duhovno jačao. Kad je odrastao, živio je u pustinji sve dok nije započeo javnu službu pred Izraelom.

Notas al pie

  1. Evanđelje po Luki 1:2 U grčkome: onih koji su od početka bili očevici i sluge Riječi.
  2. Evanđelje po Luki 1:33 U grčkome: domom Jakovljevim