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Topic: Rejoicing (11/22/04)
TITLE: An Assignment for Gabriel
By Diane Johnson
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"Gabriel! Did you hear me?" the assistant messenger angel, Marcus asked anxiously.
Gabriel was deep in thought. He was an angel and a messenger of God, used to bring the "good news" message to God's people, and right now he was thinking back to his first assignment. That was hundreds of years ago. He had been sent to a man named Daniel. He had liked Daniel.
However, this last time, which was just six months ago, he was sent to Zechariah, and well, he wasn't sure what he thought about this man . Of course, it really didn't matter what he thought, for his assignment was to deliver the message.
Gabriel didn't know why God chose him. Oh, not because he wasn't "angel" enough to get the job done, but because every time he appeared to somebody, they became terrified! He oftentimes worried that they would be so afraid that they would not even hear what he was saying. Maybe the "good news" spoken long ago by the prophet Isaiah, that God would take the people that were walking in darkness and give them a great light…increase their joy so that they would rejoice before Him, because to them a child would be born…should be delivered by some lessor angel, perhaps someone like Marcus.
"Gabriel! Gabriel! You are being summoned by the Most High. Come quickly!" the very nervous Marcus exclaimed.
Gabriel snapped out of his reminiscing and hurried to the Throne. He bowed down and said, "Forgive me Lord. I lost track of time!"
God replied with a chuckle, "Of course my good and faithful Gabriel, time does seem to get away from us in the midst of eternity."
Relief washed over Gabriel's face, for he would never ever intentionally disappoint his beloved God. He purposed to always honor Him and bring Him glory, whether it was when he was standing in the presence of God (which is where he spent most of his time) or being sent to speak the good news.
"Gabriel, it is time for your next assignment," God said. "Go to the city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name is Joseph…"
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This was going to be quite a different assignment than the others. It was one thing to be a messenger to men, but to a young girl… and a virgin on top of it! Why, when he showed up, she would probably faint, and then what would he do? He was suppose to bring tidings of great joy -- a cause for rejoicing. And if all that wasn't bad enough, the message he was to bring to her was utterly outrageous. I certainly don't remember learning how to do this in Messenger Class 101, or Class 201, for that matter.
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He had thought by the fear on her face, that she would turn down her assignment as the one chosen to fulfill this prophesy. He had told her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God…For nothing is impossible with God."
And she, Mary, bravely accepted saying, "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said." Then she sang a new song of rejoicing -- to be known forever as "Mary's Song.".
Gabriel breathed a sigh of relief and turned to fly back to the Throne. He too was rejoicing.