Perhaps it was because he had waited so long to share the Name and the Plan, but Gabriel could not contain himself. When he began to announce the news to Mary, he blurted out, "Blessed are you among women!" before her shocked face doubtless reminded him to say, "Fear not!"
I wonder if it ever surprised Mary that the first person on earth in the thousands of years of human history to hear the Name of God just happened to be a recently engaged fifteen-year-old girl. God could have chosen a king. He could have chosen a warrior. He could have chosen the greatest mind of the day. But the first person to hear His Name on earth was a little girl.
I wonder what it must have been like for Him to finally hear His Name whispered from human lips for the very first time. Angelic choirs worshipped Him in celestial realms, and yet it must have been such a beautiful sound when Mary first breathed the Name of her unborn child: "Jesus."
It happened long before Eve took the first bite of the forbidden fruit; God had a Name that He would use to save the world. And yet He kept it a special secret.
Although Job remained faithful through trials, he referred to Him as Redeemer. Although Moses would deliver His people from Egypt, to Moses He was simply the Great I Am. Although David took down a giant and established a kingdom, He most famously called Him Shepherd. Although Isaiah would prophecy of His coming, he could only call Him "Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Gabriel had waited so long to reveal the Name. Israel had known countless great heroes: statesmen, warriors, intellectuals, prophets. Even Abraham – whom God called "friend" – had never been able to call Him by name. For thousands of years of human history, Gabriel had waited. But now the day was finally here. At last, God had chosen the first person to hear His Name.