This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.
Two people from the story of Jesus’ birth had questions. The first was Zechariah to whom the angel Gabriel appeared and predicted the birth of his son, John. Zechariah asked the angel how he could be sure. His question perhaps demonstrated that he didn’t trust the message or the messenger. He became dumb until his son was born. The story may be read in Luke 1: 5-25 and 57-80.
Zechariah has appeared in another A to Z series on this blog.
Mary also asked a question of the Angel Gabriel, when he appeared to her. How can this be? Her question seems to have been one arising from wonder rather than mistrust. She was a very young woman, probably still in her teens, whereas Zechariah was a priest, who should have known the scriptures and how God had given other barren women children in their later lives. A reflection in New Daylight from the Bible Reading Fellowship by Amy Boucher Pye in December 2021 touched on the question of these two angelic encounters.
There is nothing wrong with asking questions, but we have to learn to trust God.
While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4