Template:DOD protected/October 21
Chapter 1 is the story of two couples which receive an angelic visitation. Zachariah and Elisabeth are both beyond child bearing years yet they are told by the angel they shall have a son whom they shall name John. He is to be the forerunner of Jesus the Christ. Six months thereafter, Mary, though only engaged to be married, receives a similar announcement but one which will change history for ever. When she is told she shall give birth, she learns it will be a miraculous virgin birth. Joseph, her husband-to-be, is likewise informed of the coming events and given instructions.
We should note the contrast between Zachariah and Mary when they were told by God's heavenly messenger of the coming events. The chapter is one dedicated to belief in God's Word and the results of such commitment to His Word when received.