Day 11 // Spirit-messengers

“… the angels are only spirit-messengers sent out to help and care for those who are to receive His salvation.” Hebrews 1:14 (TLB)

Angels have cool jobs. (Well, maybe not the fallen ones.) The Bible calls them “spirit-messengers sent out to help and care for those who are to receive salvation.” Angels played a significant roll in the Advent of Christ. In Luke 1, God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary to announce the birth of Christ. Gabriel also told Zachariah, the priest, of his future son and the role he would play as the forerunner of Christ. In Matthew 1, it was an angel that appeared to Joseph in a dream to reassure him that Mary was telling the truth, and it was a “heavenly host of angels” that appeared to the shepherds in Luke 2 announcing the good news of great joy that the Savior had been born that day in the City of David.

Throughout the Bible we see angels delivering messages for God. The funny thing is that whenever they showed up they were always having to preface their message with “Fear not … .” I don’t know about you, but if I encountered a spirit-messenger, I’m certain my first reaction would be the same! I imagine they were all flapping their wings with excitement and anticipation over who would get to deliver the news of Advent! (I can just hear Gabriel telling Michael, the archangel, “Wait till Mary and Joseph hear this!”)

Not only do they deliver messages, but they also “… help and care for those who are to receive His salvation.” In Matthew 2, it was an angel who directed Joseph in a dream to leave Bethlehem for Egypt to protect the newborn Jesus from Herod. Isn’t it comforting to know that we are not alone! Immanuel means God is with us. In addition, He has innumerable spirit-messengers at His command. Matthew 18:10 says, “Watch that you don’t treat a single one of these childlike believers arrogantly. You realize, don’t you, that their personal angels are constantly in touch with my Father in heaven?” Most believe the idea of a guardian angel comes from this passage.

You may have even encountered angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 says, “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” (That will give you a new perspective toward the homeless and hungry ministry.)

1 Peter 1:12 tells us that angels long to look intently into our experience of salvation. They must marvel at what God’s grace accomplishes in our lives. As you journey to Christmas, thank God for the provision and protection He surrounds you with and be encouraged that your life is on display as a trophy of grace!

When I consider Your presence with me, Jesus, and that I am surrounded by unseen spirit-messengers, my heart is at peace. What can man do to me? The safest place to be on earth is in the center of Your will.

How would it affect your life if you knew angels were watching?

Who can you announce the good news of Christ’s coming to this Christmas? Begin now praying for those you can invite to one of the Christmas Eve services.