Christmas Eve: An Angel Speaks to Mary

The AnnunciationIllustration:  “The Annunciation” by Luca Girodano, 1672.  Oil on canvas.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary” (Luke 1:26-27).

The moment is upon us. You can almost feel the world holding its breath in expectation. God’s promises are coming to pass. He sends His message with the angel Gabriel to a virgin pledged to be married to Joseph, a descendant of David. Gabriel’s message is that she will bear a child, born not of her union with Joseph, but by the Holy Spirit. It will be a miraculous birth that will testify to God’s promise. The child will be God dwelling among us, called the Son of God, and reign on the throne of David. His kingdom will never end. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could miss the importance of this miraculous event. Could God be any clearer?

Many churches celebrate the miracle of Christmas Eve with a candlelight service. I remember attending a candlelight service once before I knew Jesus, and I chose not to hold a candle. Sitting in the darkness, I realized something was missing in my life. I didn’t have all the answers. I needed the Light.

Prayer: Baby Jesus, come into the hearts of those who do not yet know that You are the King and Savior they await. Amen.

As We Wait: Tonight, as you sit in the warm glow of candlelight, rejoice that God has spoken to your heart through our King.


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