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34 Mary said, “But how could this happen? I am still a virgin!”

35 Gabriel answered, “The Spirit of Holiness will fall upon you and almighty God will spread his shadow of power over you in a cloud of glory![a] This is why the child born to you will be holy,[b] and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your aged aunt,[c] Elizabeth, has also become pregnant with a son. The ‘barren one’ is now in her sixth month.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 1:35 The Greek word used as a metaphor, “spread his shadow over you,” is also the word used at Jesus’ transfiguration when the cloud of glory “overshadowed” Jesus on the mountain (Mark 9:7).
  2. Luke 1:35 Jesus Christ is holy, born without sin in his bloodline, for his Father was God Almighty. He would become the only perfect sacrifice to take away our sin and remove its power and penalty from us.
  3. Luke 1:36 The Greek word is “relative.” Many scholars believe Elizabeth was Mary’s maternal aunt.

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