Sometimes, I wonder how the angels felt or what they were thinking when it was time for Jesus to come to earth. Especially Gabriel. Sometimes I like to imagine:
Gabriel being in God’s presence, worshiping Him and enjoying being there. Then, God calls Him to the throne, “Gabriel, come! It is time. You will be the herald signaling the arrival of the King. Speak to Zacharias. Speak to Mary. Gather the others to help proclaim the Good News.”
It’s happening! God asked me to be the herald!
Zacharias, you and your wife will have a son. He will prepare the way for the King’s ministry. Rejoice, you and Elizabeth, for you are now a part of one of the greatest times in History!
Mary, don’t be afraid and don’t worry. You’re going to be mother to the King. It will all work out, for God is in control and nothing is impossible for Him. Celebrate, for He will bring peace to all mankind.
What if Gabriel watched them each step of the way to Bethlehem? Maybe he served as Mary and Joseph’s guardian angel as they went through the census and searched for a place to stay. I like to imagine an excitement we humans can’t understand as he gathered his brethren to tell the shepherds, I bring you good tidings of great joy. I like to imagine him sitting with the other angels watching as the shepherds glorified God and shared the good news.
Look how happy they are. The lowest of the low get to see God’s glory firsthand. And we get to witness their excitement and joy in their knowledge of the King. See how the shepherds run to share the Good News!
And the angels offer their own praises for they know this has been long in coming and Jesus’ coming is cause to celebrate. “Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things!” (Psalm 72:18).
*Luke 1:26-38 tells Gabriel’s annunciation to Mary. The second week of advent is about peace and is the angels’ candle.