What are Angels? The word Angel comes from the Greek meaning messenger. Angels are messengers of God, bringing comfort and joy to those of us who believe in Christ. Gabriel delivered a very special message…
What must Gabriel have thought when God commanded him to visit Mary and proclaim the birth of Jesus? This was to be the mission of all missions. Let me tell you An Angels story…
The Father was right; I knew her in an instant. Her heart had no shadow. Her soul was as pure as any I’ve seen.
She turned, and covered her face at the Light.
“Don’t be afraid”, I said.
The minute I spoke she looked up toward the sky. I was amazed. So pure, so willing. I praised my Father for His wisdom.
“Mary, you have nothing to fear. You have found favor with God. You will become with child and give birth to a son and call His name Jesus. He will be great. He will be called the Son of the Highest. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; He will rule Jacob’s house forever…no end ever to His kingdom.”
“But how will this be?” asked Mary
Before I spoke I looked up into the heavens. The Father was standing, giving me His blessing.
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Highest hover over you; therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God. Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
Mary looked at me, then up into the sky. For a long time she gazed into the blueness, so long that I too, looked up. Did she see the angels? Did the heavens open? I do not know. But I do know when I looked back at her, she was smiling.
“Yes, I am the Lord’s servant, ready to serve.”
As she spoke, a Light appeared in her womb. I, Gabriel had been chosen by the Father to be the messenger, to carry this gift to Mary. My mission was complete.
Now, standing in the stable, in the town of Bethlehem, I spoke again to Mary. It didn’t matter that she couldn’t hear me; the stars could; all of nature could; and most of all, my King could.
“Do you know who you hold, Mary? You secure the Author of grace. He who is ageless is now moments old. He who strides upon the stars, now has legs too weak to walk; the hands which held the oceans are now an infant’s fist. He who has never hungered, you will feed. The King of creation is in your arms. A blanket of awe surrounded this stable. The Angels began to sing…Glory, glory, glory to God in the Highest.
Much later in ‘the story’, we read the most prized message from an angel… “He is risen.” With these three simple words from an angel, hope and anticipation were born in the hearts of men. Angels were present for the birth of Christ and escorted Christ home to be with the Father.
The beginning and the end.