The Christmas story opens with a visit of an angel. In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. Angels have always been important in bringing the good news to God’s people. Angels are but one way by which God brings the answers to our prayers. In the great vision or revelation that God gives to John, the revelation comes by way of an angel. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John…. In fact the very word for angel means messenger.
An angel said to Daniel, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. The messenger is never as important as the message. The important aspect is that God loves me enough that He responds. It doesn’t matter how, even if it is sending the news by an angel.
Angels have appeared to humanity in a variety of ways. Remember Hagar and her son Ishmael, when Abraham sent them away? God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. The angel becomes Hagar’s and Ishmael’s link with Heaven.
When Jacob must flee his home, he had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Angels were Jacob’s link to Heaven.
When God first created the angelic host, the Seraphs, the Cherubs, the Archangel and the angels, God did so to worship Himself. After the creation of humanity, the role of the angel became that of protector of God’s people; what we often times call a “guardian angel.” As John sees the vision, he hears the message of the seven churches in Asia Minor. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. There is an angel assigned to each Church! Why? Jesus said to Peter: I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
These angels have incredible power and are handicapped only by our faith and our willingness to allow God to intervene in our lives. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” The angels have the power of God on their side.
It will be the angels that announce the Second Coming of Jesus. How can we not believe in Angels?