Summary: Can I tell you when we get to heaven there won’t be any broken angel wings, No weak ones, No emotionally disturbed ones, no lame or feeble ones.’
Christmas- The Significance Of Angels.
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem! 12 How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger!”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang,“and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”15 When this great army of angels had returned again to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”16 They ran to the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 The shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story expressed astonishment, 19 but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them. 20 Then the shepherds went back again to their fields and flocks, praising God for the visit of the angels, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had told them. 21 Eight days later, at the baby’s circumcision ceremony, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was even conceived.
“As you can tell, angels had a very important role to play in the birth of Jesus. Throughout scripture the presence and actions of angels have changed events.’
‘Can I tell you when we get to heaven there won’t be any broken angel wings, No weak ones, No emotionally disturbed ones, no lame or feeble ones.’
‘All of heaven will light-up as we approach heavens gates. It will be filled with the glory of God, along with hundreds of thousands of angels praising and glorifying the name of our Lord and our King—Jesus Christ!” P.H
This morning, I want to give you some exciting biblical facts about angels.
1. God created angels
Angels haven’t always existed. According to Scripture, they’re part of the universe God created.
In a passage that refers to angels (the“host” or “armies” of heaven), we read in Nehemiah 9:6 “You are the Lord, you alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host . . . and the host of heaven worships you!”
In the New Testament, Paul tells us in Colossians 1:16, That God created all things “visible and invisible,” and specifically includes the angelic world with the phrase, “Whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities.”
Key Note: “I think it’s amazing that God allowed His angels, His created ones, to proclaim the name of Jesus that was given by God, to these shepherds, and to the world.” P.H
2. God created angels to excel and do God’s Word.
Psalms 103:19-22TLB The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything there is. 20 Bless the Lord, you mighty angels of his who carry out his orders, listening for each of his commands. 21 Yes, bless the Lord, you armies of his angels who serve him constantly. 22 Let everything everywhere bless the Lord. And how I bless him too!
The fact is, “When you proclaim God’s word over everything you do, angel’s excel to do God’s Word for your behalf!” P.H
3. Throughout the Bible, angels can’t usually be seen by humans unless God reveals them. —And reveals He does!
In Numbers 22:31TLB Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the Angel standing in the roadway with drawn sword, and he fell flat on the ground before him.
2 Kings 6:17TLB Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes so that he could see horses of fire and chariots of fire everywhere upon the mountain!
In today’s text, Luke 2:13-14TLB Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang,“and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”
4. Angel’s bring joy, encouragement and excitement; Angel’s carry God-news.
Angel’s proclaim what God say’s. Angel’s manufacture— if you will, Praise to their God, and their King— King Jesus!
Again notice from today’s text, Luke 2:15TLB When this great army of angels had returned again to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on!— Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”