A Messianic king had been anticipated for centuries by the Jewish people. Finally, after 400 years of deafening silence, Zacharias was visited by an angel of the Lord announcing the soon birth of John who would blaze the path for the Messiah. (Luke 1:5-13) When Elizabeth was in her sixth month, Gabriel visited Mary with, "Rejoice, highly favored one", (Luke 1:29 NKJV) and proceeded to tell her that she would give birth to Jesus.

      Jesus -  (Jehovah, Yashua, Joshua) has become the greatest of all names. Learning has labored for centuries to explain the far-reaching words, both gracious and condemning that flowed from His lips. Poetry, inspired by the history of His life and death and resurrection, the perfection of His character, and the genius of His gospel, has exerted all her powers to praise His holy name.

      Early Christians portrayed Him in the catacombs of Rome as "the good Shepherd" coming down from the hills of Judah, with shepherd's staff in His hand, His hair wet with dew, and on His arm a helpless lamb. From their time artists have exerted their highest powers to set forth the beauty and majesty of His form and character. Eloquence has woven it's choicest garlands to crown His sacred head. Music has breathed her sweetest, loftiest notes in singing the glories of "the Messiah." Children are taught to lisp His praise, and dying saints depart saying, "Lord, Jesus, receive our spirits". Countless multitudes, who believe in Him, meet week after week on every side of the globe, in temples built to His name; and the burden of their worship is, "You are the King of Glory, O Christ. You are the everlasting Son of the Father". And "To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood." (Rev. 1:5 NKJV).

      Great Name! Divine Name! Dear Name! Jesus Christ is our Savior! He is the life of the church, the Light of the world, and the Hope of humanity. "His name shall endure forever' His name shall continue as long as the sun, and men shall be blessed in Him, All nations shall call Him blessed." (Psalm 72:17 NKJV).

      It is remarkable that this annunciation is made by the same arch-angel Gabriel who centuries earlier appeared to the prophet Daniel (8:16; 9:21), and  most likely to the prophet Zechariah 2:1-4) and described to both the coming of the Messiah (Christ). That Christ is the Son of God in His divine and eternal nature, yet we see his Sonship efflorescing into human manifestation by  His being born, through the "power of the Highest," an infant of days. 

     Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.                                                                                                          



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