1Kwa kuwa watu wengi wamekaa ili kuandika habari za mambo yaliyotukia katikati yetu, 21:2 Mk 1:1; Mdo 1:21-22; 2Pet 1:16; 1Yn 1:1; Mk 4:14kama vile yalivyokabidhiwa kwetu na wale waliokuwa mashahidi walioyaona na watumishi wa Bwana, 31:3 Mdo 11:4; 24:3; 26:25; 1:1mimi nami baada ya kuchunguza kila kitu kwa uangalifu kuanzia mwanzo, niliamua kukuandikia habari za mambo hayo, ewe mtukufu Theofilo, 41:4 Yn 20:31; Mdo 2:42ili upate kujua ukweli kuhusu yale uliyofundishwa.
Kuzaliwa Kwa Yohana Mbatizaji Kwatabiriwa
51:5 1Nya 24:10; Mt 2:1Wakati wa Herode mfalme wa Uyahudi, palikuwa na kuhani mmoja jina lake Zekaria, ambaye alikuwa wa ukoo wa kikuhani wa Abiya. Elizabeti mkewe alikuwa pia mzao wa Aroni. 61:6 Kum 5:33; Lk 2:25Zekaria na Elizabeti mkewe wote walikuwa watu wanyofu mbele za Mungu, wakizishika amri zote za Bwana na maagizo yote bila lawama. 7Lakini walikuwa hawana watoto, kwa sababu Elizabeti alikuwa tasa; nao wote wawili walikuwa wazee sana.
81:8 1Nya 24:19; 2Nya 8:14Siku moja ilipokuwa zamu ya kikundi cha Zekaria, yeye akifanya kazi ya ukuhani Hekaluni mbele za Mungu, 91:9 2Nya 29:11; Za 141:2alichaguliwa kwa kura kwa kufuata desturi za ukuhani, kuingia Hekaluni mwa Bwana ili kufukiza uvumba. 101:10 Law 16:17Nao wakati wa kufukiza uvumba ulipowadia, wale wote waliokuwa wamekusanyika ili kuabudu walikuwa nje wakiomba.
111:11 Mdo 5:19; Kut 30:1-10Ndipo malaika wa Bwana, akiwa amesimama upande wa kuume wa madhabahu ya kufukizia uvumba, akamtokea Zekaria. 121:12 Amu 6:22-23; 13:22Zekaria alipomwona huyo malaika, akafadhaika sana, akajawa na hofu. 131:13 Mt 14:27; 3:1; Lk 1:60-63Lakini malaika akamwambia, “Usiogope, Zekaria, kwa maana Mungu amesikia maombi yako. Mkeo Elizabeti atakuzalia mtoto wa kiume, nawe utamwita jina lake Yohana. 141:14 Lk 1:58Yeye atakuwa furaha na shangwe kwako, nao watu wengi watashangilia kwa sababu ya kuzaliwa kwake. 151:15 Law 10:9; Lk 7:33; Yer 1:5; Gal 1:15Kwa kuwa atakuwa mkuu mbele za Bwana, kamwe hataonja mvinyo wala kinywaji chochote cha kulevya, naye atajazwa Roho Mtakatifu hata kabla ya kuzaliwa kwake. 161:16 Mal 4:5, 6Naye atawageuza wengi wa wana wa Israeli warudi kwa Bwana Mungu wao. 171:17 Mt 11:14; Mal 4:4-6Naye atatangulia mbele za Bwana katika roho na nguvu ya Eliya, ili kuigeuza mioyo ya baba kuwaelekea watoto wao, na wasiotii warejee katika hekima ya wenye haki, ili kuliweka tayari taifa lililoandaliwa kwa ajili ya Bwana.”
181:18 Mwa 17:17Zekaria akamuuliza malaika, “Jambo hilo linawezekanaje? Mimi ni mzee na mke wangu pia ana umri mkubwa.”
191:19 Mt 18:10; Lk 1:26Malaika akamjibu, akamwambia, “Mimi ni Gabrieli, nisimamaye mbele za Mungu, nami nimetumwa kwako ili nikuambie habari hizi njema. 201:20 Kut 4:11; Eze 3:26Basi sasa kwa kuwa hujaamini maneno yangu ambayo yatatimizwa kwa wakati wake, utakuwa bubu hadi siku ile mambo haya yatakapotukia.”
21Wakati huo watu walikuwa wanamngojea Zekaria nje huku wakishangaa kukawia kwake mle Hekaluni. 221:22 Lk 1:62Alipotoka akawa hawezi kusema nao, wao wakatambua kuwa ameona maono ndani ya Hekalu. Lakini kwa kuwa alikuwa bubu, akawa anawaashiria kwa mikono.
231:23 2Fal 11:5Muda wake wa kuhudumu Hekaluni ulipomalizika, akarudi nyumbani kwake. 24Baada ya muda usio mrefu, Elizabeti mkewe akapata mimba, naye akajitenga kwa miezi mitano.
251:25 Mwa 30:23; Isa 4:1Akasema, “Hili ndilo Bwana alilonitendea aliponiangalia kwa upendeleo na kuniondolea aibu yangu mbele ya watu.”
Kuzaliwa Kwa Yesu Kwatabiriwa
261:26 Lk 1:62; Mt 2:23Mwezi wa sita baada ya Elizabeti kupata mimba, Mungu alimtuma malaika Gabrieli aende Galilaya katika mji wa Nazareti, 271:27 Mt 1:16-20; Lk 2:4kwa mwanamwali bikira aliyekuwa ameposwa na mtu mmoja jina lake Yosefu wa nyumba ya Daudi. Jina la huyu mwanamwali bikira ni Maria. 281:28 Amu 5:24Naye malaika akaja kwake akamwambia: “Salamu, wewe uliyebarikiwa, Bwana yu pamoja nawe!”
291:29 Lk 1:12Maria akafadhaishwa sana na maneno haya, akajiuliza moyoni, “Salamu hii ni ya namna gani?” 301:30 Mt 14:27Ndipo malaika akamwambia, “Usiogope, Maria, umepata kibali kwa Mungu. 311:31 Isa 7:14; Mt 1:21-25Tazama, utachukua mimba, nawe utamzaa mtoto mwanaume na utamwita jina lake Yesu. 321:32 Mk 5:7Yeye atakuwa mkuu, naye ataitwa Mwana wa Aliye Juu Sana. Bwana Mungu atampa kiti cha enzi cha Daudi baba yake. 331:33 Mt 28:18; 2Sam 7:16; Ebr 1:8Ataimiliki nyumba ya Yakobo milele, na ufalme wake hautakuwa na mwisho.”
34Maria akamuuliza huyo malaika, “Maadamu mimi ni bikira, jambo hili litawezekanaje?”
351:35 Mt 1:18; 4:3; Mk 1:24Malaika akamjibu, “Roho Mtakatifu atakujilia juu yako, nazo nguvu zake Yeye Aliye Juu Sana zitakufunika kama kivuli. Kwa hiyo mtoto atakayezaliwa atakuwa mtakatifu, naye ataitwa Mwana wa Mungu. 361:36 Lk 1:24Tazama, jamaa yako Elizabeti amechukua mimba katika uzee wake, na huu ni mwezi wake wa sita, yeye aliyeitwa tasa. 371:37 Mt 19:26; Mwa 18:14; Zek 8:6; Mt 18:26; Mk 10:27; Rum 4:21Kwa maana kwa Mungu hakuna lisilowezekana.”
38Maria akasema, “Tazama, mimi ni mtumishi wa Bwana. Na iwe kwangu kama ulivyosema.” Kisha malaika akaondoka, akamwacha.
Maria Aenda Kumtembelea Elizabeti
391:39 Lk 1:65; Yos 21:9, 10, 11Wakati huo Maria akajiandaa, akaharakisha kwenda katika mji mmoja kwenye vilima vya Uyahudi. 40Akaingia nyumbani kwa Zekaria na kumsalimu Elizabeti. 411:41 Lk 1:15; Mwa 25; 22Naye Elizabeti aliposikia salamu ya Maria, mtoto aliyekuwa tumboni mwake akaruka. Elizabeti akajazwa na Roho Mtakatifu, 421:42 Amu 5:24akapaza sauti kwa nguvu akasema, “Umebarikiwa wewe miongoni mwa wanawake, naye mtoto utakayemzaa amebarikiwa. 431:43 Yn 13:13Lakini ni kwa nini mimi nimepata upendeleo kiasi hiki, hata mama wa Bwana wangu afike kwangu? 44Mara tu niliposikia sauti ya salamu yako, mtoto aliyeko tumboni mwangu aliruka kwa furaha. 451:45 Lk 1:20; 11:28Amebarikiwa yeye aliyeamini kwamba lile Bwana alilomwambia litatimizwa.”
Wimbo Wa Maria Wa Sifa
461:46 Za 34:2-3Naye Maria akasema:
“Moyo wangu wamwadhimisha Bwana,
471:47 Za 18:46; 1Tim 4:10nayo roho yangu inamfurahia
Mungu Mwokozi wangu,
481:48 Za 138:5; Lk 11:27kwa kuwa ameangalia kwa fadhili
unyonge wa mtumishi wake.
Hakika tangu sasa vizazi vyote vitaniita aliyebarikiwa,
491:49 Za 71:19; 111:9kwa maana yeye Mwenye Nguvu
amenitendea mambo ya ajabu:
jina lake ni takatifu.
501:50 Kut 20:6; Za 103:17Rehema zake huwaendea wale wamchao,
kutoka kizazi hadi kizazi.
511:51 Za 98:1; Isa 40:10Kwa kuwa ametenda mambo ya ajabu kwa mkono wake;
amewatawanya wale wenye kiburi
ndani ya mioyo yao.
521:52 Mt 23:12; 1Sam 2:6; Ay 5:11; Za 11:3, 6Amewashusha watawala toka kwenye viti vyao vya enzi,
lakini amewainua wanyenyekevu.
531:53 Za 107:9; 1Sam 3:5Amewashibisha wenye njaa kwa vitu vizuri,
bali matajiri amewafukuza mikono mitupu.
541:54 Za 98:3Amemsaidia mtumishi wake Israeli,
kwa kukumbuka ahadi yake ya kumrehemu
551:55 Za 132:11; Gal 3:16Abrahamu na uzao wake milele,
kama alivyowaahidi baba zetu.”
56Maria akakaa na Elizabeti karibu miezi mitatu, kisha akarudi nyumbani kwake.
Kuzaliwa Kwa Yohana Mbatizaji
57Ulipowadia wakati wa Elizabeti kujifungua, alizaa mtoto mwanaume. 581:58 Lk 1:14Majirani zake na jamii zake wakasikia jinsi Bwana alivyomfanyia rehema kuu, nao wakafurahi pamoja naye.
591:59 Law 12:3; Flp 3:5Siku ya nane wakaja kumtahiri mtoto, wakataka yule mtoto aitwe Zekaria, ambalo ndilo jina la baba yake. 601:60 Lk 1:13, 63; Mt 3:1Lakini mama yake akakataa na kusema, “Hapana! Jina lake ataitwa Yohana.”
61Wakamwambia, “Hakuna mtu yeyote katika jamaa yako mwenye jina kama hilo.”
621:62 Lk 1:22Basi wakamfanyia Zekaria baba yake ishara ili kujua kwamba yeye angependa kumpa mtoto jina gani. 631:63 Lk 1:13, 60; Mt 3:1Akaomba wampe kibao cha kuandikia na kwa mshangao wa kila mtu akaandika: “Jina lake ni Yohana.” 641:64 Lk 1:20; Eze 24:27Papo hapo kinywa chake kikafunguliwa na ulimi wake ukaachiwa, akawa anaongea akimsifu Mungu. 65Majirani wote wakajawa na hofu ya Mungu, na katika nchi yote ya vilima vya Uyahudi watu walikuwa wakinena juu ya mambo haya yote. 661:66 Mwa 39:2; Mdo 11:21Kila aliyesikia habari hizi alishangaa akauliza, “Je, mtoto huyu atakuwa mtu wa namna gani?” Maana mkono wa Bwana ulikuwa pamoja naye.
Unabii Wa Zekaria
671:67 Yoe 2:28Zekaria, baba yake, akajazwa na Roho Mtakatifu, naye akatoa unabii, akisema:
681:68 Mwa 24:27; 1Fal 8:15; Za 111:9; Lk 7:16“Ahimidiwe Bwana, Mungu wa Israeli,
kwa kuwa amewajilia watu wake na kuwakomboa.
691:69 2Sam 22:23; Za 132:17Naye ametusimamishia pembe1:69 Pembe hapa inamaanisha nguvu. ya wokovu
katika nyumba ya Daudi mtumishi wake,
701:70 Yer 23:3; Za 132:17kama alivyonena kwa vinywa vya manabii
wake watakatifu tangu zamani,
711:71 Za 106:10kwamba atatuokoa kutoka kwa adui zetu,
na kutoka mikononi mwao wote watuchukiao:
721:72 Mik 7:20; Za 106:45; Eze 16:60ili kuonyesha rehema kwa baba zetu
na kukumbuka Agano lake takatifu,
731:73 Mwa 22:16-18kiapo alichomwapia baba yetu Abrahamu:
741:74 Ebr 9:14kutuokoa kutoka mikononi mwa adui zetu,
tupate kumtumikia yeye pasipo hofu
751:75 Efe 4:24katika utakatifu na haki mbele zake,
siku zetu zote.
761:76 Mt 11:9; Mk 5:7; Mal 3:1; Mt 3:3“Nawe mtoto wangu, utaitwa nabii wa Aliye Juu Sana;
kwa kuwa utamtangulia Bwana
na kuandaa njia kwa ajili yake,
771:77 Yer 31:34; Mt 1:21kuwajulisha watu wake juu ya wokovu
utakaopatikana kwa kusamehewa dhambi zao,
781:78 Mal 4:2kwa ajili ya wingi wa rehema za Mungu wetu,
nuru itokayo juu itatuzukia
791:79 Za 107:14; Mdo 26:18ili kuwaangazia wale waishio gizani
na katika uvuli wa mauti,
kuiongoza miguu yetu katika njia ya amani.”
801:80 Lk 2:40, 52Yule mtoto akakua na kuongezeka nguvu katika roho; akaishi nyikani hadi siku ile alipojionyesha hadharani kwa Waisraeli.
1Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 2Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 3It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 4That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
5¶ There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 8And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 9According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 11And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 18And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 21And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 22And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. 23And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. 26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. 39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. 56And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house. 57Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. 64And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. 65And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judæa. 66And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him. 67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 80And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.