Six months after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee. The angel went to a virgin promised in marriage to a descendant of David named Joseph. The virgin’s name was Mary. When the angel entered her home, he greeted her and said, “You are favored by the Lord! The Lord is with you.” She was startled by what the angel said and tried to figure out what this greeting meant. The angel told her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. You have found favor with God. You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name him Jesus. He will be a great man
and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him
the throne of his ancestor David. Your son will be king of Jacob’s people forever, and his kingdom will never end.” Mary asked the angel, “How can this be? I’m a virgin.” The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy child developing inside you will be called the Son of God. “Elizabeth, your relative, is six months pregnant with a son in her old age. People said she couldn’t have a child. But nothing is impossible for God.” Mary answered, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let everything you’ve said happen to me.” Then the angel left her. – Luke 1:26-38
There are only three angels mentioned by name in the entire Bible – Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel. Our focus today is on the angel Gabriel. It’s widely debated whether Gabriel is an archangel or an angel. He does stand in the presence of God (Luke 1:19), but in this blog we will refer to him as an angel.
The angel Gabriel first appears in Daniel 8:16 when he is told to explain a vision to the prophet. He told Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, that he stands in the presence of God. The name Gabriel means “man of God” or “strength of God”.
We know he looks like a man, yet he scares those he appears to – and always tells them not to fear. Apparently not every angel is as easy on the eyes as Roma Downey. Jus’ sayin’…
He announced “Messiah the Prince” to Daniel and told Zacharias that John the Baptist will be born to prepare the way for the Lord. Of course, most famously, he let Mary know her son will be called “the Son of the Most High.”
Lucinda reminds us of Gabriel’s message:
Here’s Gabriel’s Message by Sting. I was not familiar and want to thank my friend John for introducing me to it. 🙂