Monday, December 26, 2016

Fw: the angle on angels

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <>
To: Rob Smith <>
Sent: Monday, December 26, 2016 10:53 AM
Subject: the angle on angels

Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven.....
So a great number of angels joined together to make the joyous announcement of the Savior baby's arrival.  A multitude means an army or band of angels.  They were obviously angels to the shepherds and they came to join the single angel who came first.  When the first angel came the shepherds were filled with fear.  Scripture says "the glory of the Lord shone around them".  Can you imagine the awe that swept these humble shepherds on their hillside?
It's amazing to consider the reality that an army of angels exists in Heaven.  Why don't they show up more often?  Why don't they exercise their supernatural power more frequently?
Perhaps if we were to see and experience the angels more often we would allow our interest in them to take the place of our need for the Lord.  Angels have a different starting point than we do.  They start from being in the presence of the Lord in Heaven and are submitted to His authority always.  We start from a place of rebellion and are not submitted initially to God's authority.  We do have a great need to be connected to Heaven...but that connection must be centered on our need for forgiveness and cleansing of sin.  If we get too caught up in all the interesting phenomena of Heaven before being reconciled to God we will miss the narrow gate that leads to eternal life.
We have an eternity to get acquainted better with angels!
(and yet we may meet some along the way even here!)
Merry Christmas!
Rob Smith

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