If the incarnate son of God is to be born of a woman then it would seem she would need to know. To take the message, Gabriel was sent.
(Luk 1:26 KJV) And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,Gabriel’s name is only mentioned four times in the Bible. Two of them are in the book of Daniel and the third is back a few verses delivering another birth announcement for John the Baptist.
Have you ever wanted God to send you a telegram? He usually uses other methods. The Apostle Paul experienced quite a few. First, Jesus appeared personally to him. Then Ananias brought him what we might call a prophetic message. He talked about studying the scriptures. You also have him meeting with the other disciples and getting their input.
And then there are angels. Gabriel is one of his messengers. In fact both the Greek and Hebrew words translated “angel” has a basic meaning of “messenger”. I would not be too quick to want an angel appearing because I think they would scare the orneriness right out of you. It seems that angels have a need to say, “Fear not.” I prefer them in the role of guardian.
Angels are about communication. Christmas is about communication. It is a message of love and redemption. It is a promise of the cross and forgiveness. Take some time to stop and listen to what God might be trying to communicate to you this season.
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