I wonder how I would respond if God sent an angel to speak with me and give me a direct message from the Father. How would you respond?
Angels were one of the main ways God spoke to His people in the Old Testament. Their recipients often responded with fear initially and had to be comforted by the angel. So then, what separated Zechariah from Mary or Joseph? He responded with unbelief to Gabriel’s message. He looked to himself and doubted what God could do for him, even though Gabe had just told him that God had heard his prayer! Mary clarified some details but agreed to God’s plan for her life and gave God all the credit. Joseph had the angel appear to him in a dream and upon waking, immediately he took Mary as his wife.
God used the angels to announce the birth of Christ and to share about the empty tomb. Jesus sent an angel to John to give the Revelation about the Return of Christ. Their messages ring forth for us to rush to the manger to contemplate the newborn king as the shepherds did, to examine the empty tomb where the Resurrection of Jesus occurred, and to wait for His return with patient endurance.
As amazing as these angels sound, let’s remember that they are created beings, servants of the Most High, and that Christ is greater. He’s the radiance of the glory of God (Heb. 1:3), greater than the angels (Heb. 1:5-7), and greater than Moses (Heb. 3:3). Let us then pay great attention to what we have heard in the message of Christ so that we don’t drift away from it (Heb. 2:1). After all, that’s the message of the angels about His Advent: the Savior is born! Let us join them in singing His praises!
He IS worthy!