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Judges 13 to 16
In the gospels the account of the birth of Jesus starts clearly with this verse.
Luke 1:26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee NIV
Over the centuries, God has sent His messengers to various places at different times. This event was clearly a special one. The place wasn't special – Nazareth was a bit of a 'one-horse town'. In fact the young virgin that the messenger was sent to wasn't particularly special either – not from a human point of view. She was a virgin - so she had kept herself pure. She was young, and not distinctive by the way this world measures distinction.
The message was special.
You see, God had a 'master plan' that had been in effect since the dawn of time.
Rev 13:8 the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. NKJV
God wanted a people for himself. So he made them in His own image, and knowing that their choice would be to rebel against Him, He made a way of forgiveness and salvation in Jesus – the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
God's righteous justice was to be completed in Himself – in the body of His own Son – a God-man hybrid - all man, but all God too. The task before God was then to bring His Son into the world. Because God doesn't force us to do His will, it was even necessary to get Mary to agree to take her part in this extraordinary plan. A simple girl, from a hole in the ground called Nazareth whose greatest natural aspiration was to marry a manual worker called Joseph. Yet, an angel took the message to Mary that she could be the mother of God's child, who would be God's lamb – God's pioneer of salvation.
Some have never found out what God really has in store for them, because they have not received the message – or the messenger. This young virgin was happy to receive God's angel and God's word.
In this advent season, we need to prepare our hearts to hear from God. This can be a pagan festival of food and self-gratification that satisfies your flesh. It could also be a romantic, happy season of nostalgia that satisfies our souls. If we choose right this can be a decisive point in our lives, where we hear from God and welcome Him into our hearts in a new way. This can be a season where we commune spirit to Holy Spirit and know God – I am sure this is the best plan.
God sent His messenger to the right place at the right time. Keep an ear out for a knock and an eye open for a revelation this Christmas.