Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014 “There There”

“Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified.” (Luke 2:9)

Good Morning Blessed Children of the Lord!

As I sit here in my living room this morning, standing before me is our beautiful Christmas tree, all adorned for the season. Sitting atop our tree is a sweet angelic figure holding two candles, clothed in a maroon robe. It’s rather hard to tell if this angel is male or female in gender, but there are wings and it is unmistakably representative of an angelic being as we have come to picture them. Frankly, as we read scripture, I believe we’ve got it all wrong insofar as our traditional depiction of angels go. For one thing, in most every instance when they make an appearance on earth, they do not immediately elicit a sense of sweetness and comfort. In fact, their often blazing appearance elicits a reaction like that of the shepherds in Luke’s account of the annunciation of Christ’s birth. They were terrified! They are extraordinary…mighty messengers of the Living Lord created to do His bidding. While they are often harbingers of Good News, they are also mighty warriors (Elijah 6:17; Jude 1:9) ministering spirits (Psalm 104:4; Matthew 4:11), reapers of souls (Matthew 13:39; 24:31) forever praising God (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 5:2)

At Christmas time, we think more about angels than at most other times of the year. We delight in seeing the little ones decked out in little white robes, cute wings and a gold halo attached round their heads. But lest we get lost in the sentimentality of it all, let’s understand their true nature. They are not great celestial bellhops. They are not gentle servants dispatched to fulfill our every whim. They are mighty messengers of God, awesome in their own right, created to do His bidding. C.S Lewis wrote of them, saying,

“In Scripture the visitation of an angel is always alarming; it has to begin by saying “Fear not.” The Victorian angel looks as if it were going to say, “There, there.”  

They don’t usually come with a pat on the head or a cup of cocoa and a cookie. They are ablaze with the glory of the Most High God, reminding us of his all-surpassing splendor. Mighty and glorious is He in all His works! Let’s pray!

Glorious King of Creation; The heavenly Host declare Your surpassing splendor. They testify to Your greatness. We join our voices in the chorus of praise they offer before the Throne day after day after day…”Glory to God in the highest.” Hallelujah! Amen!



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