Read Luke 1:1-80
What was it like in heaven the day God sent Gabriel to deliver the message to Zechariah? What did heaven’s citizens do when Gabriel gave Mary the message of high favor and Messiah coming via her body? Did all of heaven peek over the clouds to watch him bring greetings from the Most High God? Did the angel multitudes start practicing their chorus for their soon-to-be shepherd audience in that little town called Bethlehem?
I wonder what it was like for Gabriel. On continual standby for God Himself. He was the servant of the very Word of the Lord, come with a message that would change the world forever. Nothing would ever be the same.
And it would all start in the temple of the Lord with an old priest named Zechariah.
Zechariah was chosen to go before the altar of God, into His very presence, to do his priestly duties. The word of the Lord was about to change life forever, for Zechariah, for mankind. The word that Gabriel brought, the Word that God would send. God’s plan to free mankind from slavery to death and sin was coming to fruition. And it started with a word, the Word, from the Lord Himself.
In all honesty, I sometimes read this chapter in Luke and find it difficult to find a fresh word in it because I’ve read it so many times. Perhaps you can relate to that. We open our Bibles to Luke and start reading before our eyes start to glaze a bit. So we make ourselves concentrate, begging God to please show us His truth, to put it into our hearts that we might live more fully for Him. Then we return to the Scripture and look again, hoping for the fresh. In all honesty, I did it just now. Maybe you did too.
But here’s the thing: if we will but open our eyes and receive the message of the whole of this piece of Scripture, we will see nothing but fresh. The truth of the story, Gabriel delivering mind-boggling messages to an old, heir-less priest and a young, lowly virgin girl; the approach of God himself interjected into history so that mankind might know peace as God intended. So that you and I might have life as He designed it.
The truth is, the newness of this message and the amazing that Gabriel told was only the beginning of the new way that God was working.