Evangelist Billy Graham writes in his popular book of angels: “Angels have a much more important place in the Bible than the devil and his demons.”
In the Bible we read that Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, David, Elijah, Zachariah, Joseph, Mary and Peter, along with others, saw angels. Two angels are mentioned by name: Michael and Gabriel. Angels in the Bible are in many activities: climbing ladders, wrestling with people, taming lions, lifting great weights, announcing births, recruiting leaders, they are warriors in battle, executioners, performing miraculous rescues, opening prison doors, and comforting people.
Many of us have experienced angels’ help especially during our escape from our homeland during the war. Angels comforted those who were on the deportation trains to Siberia and prison camps. Many Christians in their suffering in communist prisons were visited by angels who strengthened and comforted them, and angels are still helping persecuted Christians in their suffering and despair.
According to the Bible we know, that angels are created beings, dignified, majestic, and intelligent. They are personal beings who always represent God. We are taught in our Christian homes and Sunday schools that we all have an angel, “Kaitseingel” in Estonian. Little is said about the appearance of the angels, but they can take on the physical form of a person. Billy Graham writes: “The Bible is very clear that only God is to be worshiped. God is helping us in an emergency through His angels, but we are never to pray to the angels.”
This Christmas time we read that when an angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds in the fields, suddenly a large army of angels appeared. They were praising God by saying: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those who have his good will.” Martin Luther writes: “From the angelic song, we can learn what the angels are really like... this passage portrays angels so clearly that we can discern their thoughts and hearts... They enthusiastically give honor to God, the one to whom it belongs.” The second characteristic of angels is that they love us. Here we see what wonderful, great friends the angels are to us. They love us as much as themselves, and they celebrate our salvation as if it were their own. The right way to understand angels is according to their inner heart, attitude, and mind. If you wonder what a humble, pure, obedient, and happy heart in God is like, then think of the angels praising God. Praise God and have a thankful heart.
Have a blessed Christmas season and beginning of the new Church year!
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