Summary: Our Bible study group got sidetracked on the subject of "angels" I adapted this message to give them a glimpse into whether or not they exist and if so what do they do? Thank you Brian Atwood for such a wonderful message.
The word angel means, "messenger," but although they deliver God’s message, their activity, most often, goes unseen by the human eye. In the NIV they are mentioned in 33 of the 66 books of the Bible.
Even though they mostly operate in the spiritual realm on occasion God sent angels to certain people and they appeared in a visible form.
One of those times for the appearance of the angel was when God wanted to get a message to Zechariah the priest. The angel informed Zechariah that the prayers he and his wife, Elizabeth had been praying, for a child were going to be answered.
The reason for God to send an angel to deliver this message was very important. God was not just answering with the birth of any child, you see, this child was going to be so special to God’s plan for the public ministry of Jesus.
This birth would bring into the world, John the Baptist who would prepare the way for Christ.
Look at verse 12, 13… Notice that the angel told Zechariah, "Don’t be afraid." It appears that the appearance of the angel causes Zechariah’s fear.
Why are humans afraid of angels?
Well think about it for a moment… Angels come from another realm. They’re characteristics aren’t familiar to us even though the Bible most often describes them as being very human-like in their appearance.
Another thing, they don’t make public appearances that often. We often read, in the Bible, that sometimes they showed up because God was using them as messengers of judgment, not just bearers of good news. It could be that Zechariah feared the worst.
I know that some of you might say, "Well if I had been Zechariah I wouldn’t be afraid of an angel!" Really? Maybe not if they actually looked like those puffy cheeked things sitting on the mantle…
For whatever reason, Zechariah’s fear was in response to the presence of the angel in the temple.
Why is it that we are sometimes afraid of the very things that ought to bring us courage?
Many are afraid because they are afraid of what they can’t see.
But in this case, Zechariah was afraid of something he had never seen before.
He believed in angels – but up to this point in his life he had never seen one.
We talk a lot about our spiritually but God doesn’t want our spirituality to be something we just talk about.
He wants it to be something we live. We live in the physical realm and often treat it like it’s the only reality.
What is going on in the spiritual world is just as real and it will last forever while what we see is only temporary.
I want to answer the question, Are angel really among us and if so what do they do?
Today, I want to focus on the visits of the angels and maybe look at why we don’t need to fear angels and other parts of the heavenly realm.
This spiritual environment is going to be going on in heaven, when we get there and we’ll be there forever so we might as well get grip on it.
Just like Zechariah, you don’t have to fear angels or any other spiritual reality.