Mosaic Teaching Guide
6 December 09
Teaching Series: Portraits of Christmas
Teaching One: “Gabriel”
Text: Luke 1.26-38,
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Question: Star or Angel?
Introduction by Frederick Buechner
He only hoped she wouldn’t notice that beneath the great, golden wings he himself was trembling with fear to think that the whole future of creation hung now on the answer of a girl” (Frederick Buechner, Peculiar Treasures).
Spotlight on Angels
I surmised that with God’s sense of humor peachy people have brown angels watching over them and brown people have the blond-haired, blue-eyed variety.
Singing with the Angels
Revelation is about John’s experience of seeing what’s behind the veil that separates heaven and earth
We sing with the saints yes, even the angels.
There are some folk who must make the Christian faith a purely supernatural thing. And there are others who make it entirely about here and now excluding any transcendence or holiness beyond this time space continuum. Either extreme is a weakness in my mind.
Angels on earth is an entirely different matter. I’ve never seen one, have you?
Option One: Pantheist World View
Option: Deist World View
Option Three: Jesus’ World View
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.”