What Gabriel Knew

“ He will be great, and will be called

the Son of the Most High,

and the Lord God will give to him

the throne of his ancestor David. 

He will reign over the house of Jacob forever,

and of his kingdom there will be no end.””

                 Luke 1:32-333


Dear Christmas Christians:

         Before our universe began, the heavenly host stood before the Lord in song and praise. The angel Gabriel would have been part of that heavenly chorus who was there when God spoke, “Let there be light.” He saw the spark bring order out of chaos as God formed the light and darkness, the sky and the sea, the earth and animals of all kinds. He watched as God breathed his very Spirit into the dirt of the earth forming and giving life to humanity. He knew the love God had for his creation and saw the pain when humanity rejected and fell in sin.

         Since that beginning of time, God had sent messengers and prophets to give his Word to his people to turn them to faith, to walk in relationship with God and receive his love. But over and over and over again, humanity rejected and fell into the sins of discord, distrust and unfaithfulness. Finally, a day came when Gabriel is called by God, to go and give the message that he has decided to come into this world himself. God, planned to fulfill what humanity could not, that we would be saved from our sins and have a place with God forever.

         Imagine that news and rejoicing in the heavens, as Gabriel gets to share with Mary the news that she will become the mother of our Lord. That she will bear a son, that is God our redeemer, whose reign will be forever and ever. Gabriel had seen so much, and now he gets to carry the message of the true gift of love, Jesus who redeems all of humanity.

         This is the same message we all get to share at Christmas. Not the news of a jolly Santa or a red nosed reindeer, but that we are loved so much God comes to set us free so that we can be with him forever. May you hear that message of Gabriel’s and be filled with joy this Christmas sharing it with others and inviting them to come and know that love. May we share the news, the Lord is coming, He is with us now and forever. Merry Christmas!

                                                                        In the peace and grace of God,

                                                                                     Pastor Kirk Griffin