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            In the book of Hebrews, we are reminded of the powerful proclamation of angels concerning the gift of our salvation at the coming of Christ Jesus and his work of redemption here on Earth. After four hundred years of silence, that time between the Old Testament and New Testament, God’s silence was broken when he sent his mighty angel, Gabriel, to speak His word. This word came to the believing priest Zacharias as he burned incense in the temple.

            “And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.” Luke 1:11-14

            Six months after Elisabeth conceived, Gabriel was sent from the throne of God to Nazareth to a young woman named Mary who was a virgin. And this was the word of the angel to Mary:

“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David” Luke 1:30-32

            And again, the angel speaks to Joseph in a dream: “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matt 1:20-21

            At another most glorious time, the angel speaks: “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:7-11 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13-14

            Now let us all join together in giving praise and glory to our Lord at this Christmas season. As the shepherds told others what they had seen, let us tell people everywhere that Jesus Christ is Lord!

            “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” Hebrews 2:3


Peace and Good Will to All. Merry Christmas

 Dr. Joe Vernon