Brenda takes a look at how both Jesus, and the Angels were at the heart of the Easter story. She encourages us to be aware that angels are busy and active, but not to worship them.
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Are you one of those people who sit in an office chair all week and then over exerts on the weekend? That’s a call to injury and likely to angels! Doesn’t everyone want to see angels? Oh the romance of it, the feeling special of it. In the worst season of his life; which turned out to be the greatest and most important time of his life, even Jesus needed angels. His first angel appeared when he prayed desperately in the garden on that fateful night of his capture.
And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit. (Luke 22:43, AMP)
Did you notice that the angel didn’t whisk him away to safety? No, no safety, but courage to pray even deeper.
And being in an agony [of mind], He prayed [all the] more earnestly and intently, and His sweat became like great clots of blood dropping down upon the ground. (Luke 22:44, AMP)
So when you are out there being a weekend warrior, take comfort in knowing that your own personal weekend warrior angel is out there with you, giving you strength to endure whatever is to come, as you do the Lord’s will. (Psalm 91:10-12, AMP)
Jesus Was Aware of the Angels
By the way, Jesus was aware of his angels every minute of that very first Easter weekend. Note this verse.
Do you suppose that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will immediately provide Me with more than twelve legions [more than 80,000] of angels?(Matthew 26:53, AMP)
May I ask…are you aware of yours? Now don’t get excited and whatever you do, don’t start worshiping them.
Let no one defraud you by acting as an umpire and declaring you unworthy and disqualifying you for the prize, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels. (Colossians 2:18a, AMP)
No, do not worship angels, even though they are ministering spirits.
Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14, AMP)
Do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers [in the brotherhood—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2, AMP)
And as the weekend wore on, women went to the tomb and found…Jesus missing and two men in dazzling raiment suddenly standing beside them. (Luke 24:4, AMP)
Where they angels? It appears so. Dazzling raiment was rare in those days. I imagine Jesus talking to those fellows earlier and asking…”Hey guys, what took you so long,” while they tell him all about the rejoicing in heaven over his successful enduring on our behalf. Most certainly they would rejoice and pray with thanksgiving.
A Message From Angels
And then those men in dazzling outfits waited to deliver the message.
1- He (Jesus)is not here, but has risen! (Luke 24:6a, AMP)
2- Remember!!!! (What a comfort when you can’t remember!)
3- Remember how He told you while He was still in Galilee -that the Son of Man must be given
over into the hands of sinful men (men whose way or nature is to act in opposition to God)
and be crucified and on the third day rise from death]. (Luke 24:6b, AMP)
Note- angels told this first of all to women, women who were the lowest of the low at that time. And what happened? The women remembered his words! (Luke 24:8, AMP) Have you taken those words into your heart? Do you understand that Jesus was crucified and then died and rose from the dead so that you might have forgiveness of sin and eternal life and the gift of the Holy Spirit? Remember friends…to look beyond angels to the one true Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
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Images Courtesy of:
Angel at the Tomb – Bernhard Plockhorst
Jesus and the Angels in the Garden of Gethsemane – El Greco
Mary and an Angel – www.LumoProject.com.