Last week we talked about how God the Father announced His Son. He announced Jesus arrival loud and clear. The announcement was so clear we find prophecy being fulfilled by three kings from the East. Though they are not named nor is their origin identified, tradition tells us they were a Persian, an Indian and a Babylonian. It is easy for us to see their understanding of the Star and the birth of the Messiah knowing Daniel and so many others spent many decades in the east.
Today we discuss prophecy and in the middle of it again is the devout and ever faithful Daniel. The angel Gabriel is mentioned four times in scripture. Two of these are in Daniel. The other two are in Luke 1:26-38. Again, God’s prophecy and pronouncement are meted out for the world to see as these wonderful truths are told to us even while His people are in captivity.
There is other excitement here. Granted, Mary is obviously very concerned for what is happening as we read in Luke 1:29, but look at Gabriel’s address in verse 30! Gabriel exclaims, “For thou hast found favour with God!” Gabriel’s exclamation is not only a description of excitement at Mary’s being chosen, but equally that Gabriel himself was chosen for the task to announce the coming of the Messiah to all mankind, to address Mary, the one God chose for His special grace. Gabriel knows not only is this an immense honor and privilege for Mary, he himself is humbled, excited and overjoyed with his own task. Though this passage certainly notifies Mary, it is about God’s grace to all His creation above all. That creation includes the angelic servants in Heaven that are given specific tasks to serve His creation on earth.
Think about what is happening here. Mary is between 14 and 18 years old. She would have known about the Messiah only a few years in her young life. She is also espoused to someone. Her concerns are certainly focused upon her existence. Gabriel is likely thousands of years old. When he was created, we do not know but, it is likely since there is no giving or taking in marriage in Heaven (Mat 22:30) that he and all his angelic brethren were probably created at once. They have potentially known of the Messiah for mankind for thousands of years, they just did not know when. They probably did not know how, and they certainly would wonder what part they would play. What a tremendous privilege it would be to have a part in this historic event for mankind. (1 Pet 1:12)
What about you Christian. Have you thought about the amazing grace of God bestowed upon you as He chooses to use you for something simple, or even something grand. What if you are simply to announce God’s love to other people. Are you equally overjoyed with simple tasks as you are with glorious tasks?