Mary is one of the most interesting and controversial characters in the Bible. Her importance is often overemphasized and, as a result, we may sometimes underemphasize her importance. In the narrative of the birth of Jesus, she has an encounter with Gabriel that reminds us how God used her as an instrument.
Have you ever been a part of something that you felt was bigger than you? I can only imagine that is exactly how Joseph must have felt when an angel appeared to him in a dream and explained his life was about to change (Matt. 1:18-25). Ironically, the angel challenged him to be a part of a story that would change the world! In this story, Joseph serves as a great example of how God will challenge us too.
When the Messiah is born, the fact that shepherds are the first to be given the news speaks both to the character of God and the nature of our own mission today.
Angels are fascinating! They play a significant role in God's story of redemption. One of those times is during the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. In this lesson, we consider the fascinating account of Zechariah's encounter with Gabriel.