Named by the Angels, Jesus


Did you hear about the man who was both a veterinarian and a taxidermist? His motto was: “Either way, you get your dog back!” The sweet little old lady met the pastor at the church door and said to him, “Pastor your sermons are like the peace of God,” to which the pastor’s wife added, “That’s right – they pass all understanding.”

From the very beginning God had a plan. That plan had taken into account the scams of the Devil, and the unpredictability of humanity. Unlike you and me, God was not created. God has always been in existence. No beginning and no end! It is like the three watt bulb that has been burning in a northern California fire station continually for 85 years. General Electric would like to examine it to make sure they never make that mistake again. We don’t understand how God can do that, we simply know that is the way it is.

God was alone. It was God’s desire to have companionship and worship. So God created Heaven and in Heaven He created the angelic host. The angelic host included the Seraphim (Six wings), Cherubim (Two wings and covering the mercy seat), Archangel (Michael), and the Angels. The first two, the Seraphim and Cherubim, have to do with the worship of God and cover the holiness of God. The latter two, are the servants, the hands and the feet of God. God can do anything that God wants to do. While at times God even directly intervenes, it appears most work is carried out by His angels.

Of all the supernatural beings mentioned in the Scriptures, it is the angels who are constantly depicted as being identified with heaven. When the angel of God called to Hagar in the wilderness, we read that this call was heard “out of heaven”. When the angel appeared at the time of the vision which Jacob had at Bethel, he saw a ladder reaching to heaven on which the angels of God were ascending and descending. Often the angels are called “the heavenly ones” or “the heavenly host”. When the angelic host had finished their song to the shepherds, we read that “the angels went away from them into heaven”. It was an angel “from heaven” that rolled away the stone at the tomb where our Lord was buried.

These angels that were companions for God also became companions for the believer. The role of angels in our lives is very important. John is visited by an angel when “The Revelation” is given to him. Angel’s protect us from things that we are not even aware are happening. For Daniel, the angel closed the mouths of the lions. Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “`He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus does not deny that the angels will protect Him.

About my junior year of college I would drive back home on the weekends. The trip was 100 miles. Late one Sunday night on the road returning, my car quit running. It was a desolate section with strange secluded homes. The car quit right in front of one house. The man was an auto mechanic and repaired the car. The only mechanic for 30 miles! That is the work of an angel.

Who better than the angels to announce the coming of the Messiah? To Mary the angel said, LUK 1:31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. What is in a name? EVERYTHING! For the Hebrew people the name was very important. William means “determined protector.” In the Old Testament prophecies the Messiah was called: Immanuel, which mean “God with us.” This was to remind the people that God had not forgotten them.

Now the angels call Him, Jesus. Jesus is the Greek word for “savior.” In Hebrew it is Joshua, “savior.” Don’t miss the importance of the account in Joshua 5:13. (Joshua 5:13-15) Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” No angel ever permitted a human being to worship them. Worship is reserved for God and God alone. When Moses encounters the burning bush, he takes off his sandals, because he is in the presence of God. Here we find Joshua the savior of the Hebrew people meeting Jesus the savior of all humanity.

The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Messiah is the Hebrew word for “anointed.” The Greek word for “anointed” is Christ. The Apostle Paul loves to put the name “Jesus” (the savior) and the title “Christ” (the anointed) together. Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus, the Anointed Savior (Philippians 2:9-11). Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord….

Lois Rahal shared with the Church Board one time something that happened in the Christian Education department. A little boy about 6 or 7 had attended Sunday school and Wednesday night activities for a couple of months. As this little boy was leaving one Wednesday night his teacher said, “We sure did like having you here tonight.” The little boy turns to the lady who brought him and said, “That’s what I like about this Church, there is so much love.” Heaven is filled with so much love that not even the angels could keep from sharing the love and power of heaven.

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