(Reminder: I’m doing an A to Z devotional blog.)
Gabriel is known as an archangel—meaning he’s a divine angel who’s also a messenger. And true to his description, whenever he’s mentioned in Scripture, he’s delivering an important message.
• He told Zechariah that his wife, Elizabeth, would give birth to John the Baptist (Luke 1:11).
• He told Mary she’d give birth to the Messiah (Luke 1:26-38).
• He gave Joseph the news that Mary was with child (Matthew 1:18-25).
• He announced Christ’s birth to the shepherds (Luke 2:8-20).
• He woke Joseph during the night and instructed him to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus (Matthew 2:13-23).
• In the Old Testament, Gabriel lifted up Daniel who had fallen and prophesied the venue of the Messiah (Daniel 8:15-27).
Though humans were created separately from angels—with souls and a sin nature—we, too, have important news to share. Just as Gabriel articulated the birth of Christ, we can share the good news of having a genuine, growing relationship with Christ.
Gabriel told the shepherds.
We can tell the people in our circle of influence.
This Christmas we have an important announcement to make.
The questions is . . . will we be faithful to spread the word?