December 17– It Was Because

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” Luke 1:31-32a (ESV)

During this Christmas season, we sing about the message which the angels told to the shepherds near Bethlehem the night Jesus was born.  But today’s verse tells us that before that, God’s angels had been busy. His angels were sent with messages about the coming of Jesus. God had even sent His angel to announce the birth of John who would proceed the Messiah. In today’s verse from the Gospel of Luke, we read the record about the angel Gabriel who came to Mary earlier. When the same angel came later to Joseph who was to be Mary’s husband, he also mentioned why God had chosen the name Jesus for the child who was to be born.  It was because He would save His people from their sins. Both of these angels’ messages, before the child was to be born, are important to us. Jesus was coming in order to be our Savior. We should rejoice today that God sent His Son to save us. It was an important message given before He came.  It is just as important today. God promised to provide a way for us to be saved and Jesus is that Way.