The prophets had foretold the coming of the Saviour and the world had waited. When prophetic voices ceased, some doubted. Suddenly the silence was broken. Angels were sent on missions of earth-shaking importance. John the Baptist would come, Christ would be born.
The angel Gabriel brought the announcement of the coming birth of Jesus to Mary, The first words of this messenger of God were: “Hail, thou that art highly favoured.” Multitudes seek favor with God. The purpose of most religious ritual is to gain favor with God. Some give large gifts or afflict their bodies to gain favor with God, There is but one route to favor with God and that is the faith route: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Gabriel spoke to Mary’s fears: “Fear not, Mary…” And then followed that assurance of favor again: “…for thou hast found favour with God.” Fears will not flee unless we understand that in Christ we have favor with God. But once that wonderful position is assured, faith soars and fear can be overcome.
Mary’s future was now explained. She would conceive in her womb and give birth to the Son of the Highest. He would sit upon the throne of His Father David. Mary’s life would now be on a miracle basis. Her future was as bright as the promises of God. And this is true of all who place their faith in Him of Whom the angel spoke that day.