Introductions & Announcements

Gabriel said to Mary: “’. . . And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus’” (Luke 1:31).

“. . . an angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph] in a dream, saying, . . . ‘you shall call His name Jesus . . .’” (Matthew 1:21)

“. . . an angel of the Lord said to [the shepherds], ‘For there is born to you this day . . . a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’” (Luke 2:11).

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

‘Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” (Luke 2:13-14)

“The next day . . . John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God . . . I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God’” (John 1:29,33).

When Jesus was baptized, God spoke audibly: “‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:17).

When Jesus was transfigured, God spoke audibly: “’This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased! Hear Him!’” (Matthew 17:6).

God’s Specific Introductions and Announcements of Jesus:

1. The Annunciation: Gabriel visits Mary (Luke 1:31-35).

2. An angel appears to Joseph in a dream; “You shall call His name Jesus” (Matthew 1:18-21).

3. Announcement of the birth of Jesus: An angel visits shepherds; “There is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’” (Luke 2:8-14).

4. John the Baptist announces that He is the Lamb of God and the Son of God (John 1:29,33).

5. When Jesus was baptized, God spoke audibly: “‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:17)

6. During the transfiguration, God spoke audibly: “’This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased! Hear Him!’” (Matthew 17:6).