Sunday's Gospel (Luke) is all about context.
The front half puts what's about to happen into its larger (secular) historical context, with people, places, and dates. Tying it into the history of the Roman Empire. And the back half?
It's a tie-in as well. Only it ties into the history of God's people, and God's promise of a Messiah to deliver them. Summed up by a quote from Isaiah. Which means?
What's about to happen is no accident. It's been expected for hundreds of years. It's been in the works from literally the beginning (of time). And everything is going according to plan.
More on this tomorrow. Readings for Sunday