With only 18 days left until Christmas I think its time to start the rejoicing! Today lets look at the event that happening several months before the birth – Gabriel’s visit. Here we find words like Rejoice, blessed, great, Highest. Surely a great and wonderful thing was about to happen for all mankind.
So as you continue to shop, and decorate and make merry with friends. Remember, the wonderful plan that was set up years before this birth to make this historical birth take place.
He will be Great! and I stand in awe – I hope you find some time to as well.
26-28In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.
29-33She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.
He will be great,
be called ‘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.”The Message (MSG)
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