Angels play an important role in the Christmas story… God doesn’t send one but a multitude of angels to proclaim the birth of the Savior of the world. Their proclamation that the Savior of the world had come was something the angels had anticipated since the beginning of time. As humble of a setting that the birth of Jesus was, God sent his angels to come and proclaim that the Lord had indeed come.
There are hundreds of passages in the Bible that mention angels. In fact, 34 out of 66 books reference them, and yet we still don’t know much about them. The word Angel translated n both Hebrew and Greek means “messenger”. Angels are created beings who are sent to minister to God’s people in various ways, but they are specifically sent to serve God’s people for his purposes.
What Do Angels Do?
If Angels had a job description, what would it look like??
Angels in the Bible
We do not know the number of angels in heaven and on eart, we only know there are a lot. In fact, Jesus mentions in the Gospels to having access to thousands of Angels to rescue him at his call.
What Do Angels Look Like?
Some seem to have human qualities about them but distinct in their appearance. Many times, people would be talking to angels and would not realizie they were talking to an angel. Oher angels have a unique appearance and were frightening. Some portray themselves as angels of light. Some are described as grotesquely glorious creatures.
Matthew 28:3: Appearance of lightning and raiment of white
Isaiah 6: Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
Ezekiel 10: And their whole body, their rims, and their spokes, their wings, and the wheels were full of eyes all around—the wheels that the four of them had. And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was a human face, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
Daniel 10:5, 6 - a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.
What Do the Angels Teach Us About Christmas?
When the shepherds encountered the infant Jesus, they left changed men. They met the little Lord Jesus and departed praising God for what they heard and saw. We see this throughout the life of Jesus. Whenever anyone had an encounter with Jesus they left changed in some way. This should be true for us today. If you have encountered Jesus how are you changed? When you came to saving faith in Christ did you receive a new heart and become a new creation in Jesus? If Jesus hasn’t impacted your life in some way, then maybe he hasn’t impacted your life at all.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored A Lent Devotional (A Spiritual Journey to Lent) an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). All three are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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