Summary: viewing salvation from an angel’s point of view
Intro: according to scripture, the plan of salvation, what man experiences through grace, is something so wondrous that the angels desire to understand the full impact of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today, I would like to look at passion week, through the eyes of the angels
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ANGELS
Today, let’s look at the Easter story through the eyes of angels. Let’s see what they must have thought through this most important week in the history of the world.
I. The Day the Angels Cried—Matthew 27:49-50
Jesus yielded up the ghost—for the angels this was a day of great sorrow.
· Why did the Son of God not commission them to rescue Him out of harms way? They could have delivered Him, but the Father said, stand still, do nothing. If you have been with someone you loved who was suffering, and couldn’t do anything for them, it is a helpless feeling. The angels had to stand by while the Son of God gave His life for man.
· Why Jesus, surely someone else could have died in His place? Surely God wouldn’t give heaven’s best for man’s worst.
· Why instead of Hosanna’s, why instead of worthy and Holy is the Lord, is this angry group screaming and mocking the King of Glory.
II. The Day The Angels Laughed—Matthew 27:62-64 I am sure that the angels must have laughed when they saw man had decided to keep Jesus in the tomb forever.
a. they placed Him behind a sealed stone—for the angels, knowing in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. They probably laughed at the thought a stone could keep Jesus in the grave.
b. They placed a guard at the door—I am sure the angels laughed about the guard. One of us could take on 1000 of them, surely this one man can’t expect to keep God from being God.
c. This man represented Roman authority—The angels laughed because there is no authority but God. Jesus has the power to lay his life down, and to pick it up again.
d. 28:2-laughed at the angel sitting on the stone—he is such a show off. Bet that earthquake was his idea.
Today we laugh at this worlds authority when we realize that every knee will bow, tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Today we laugh at the devil, what He meant for evil God has turned for salvation.
Today we laugh at the grave, Jesus is first, we are next. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
Dead in Christ first, we which are alive and remain will be caught up with him in the air.
III. The Day the Angels Bowed—Revelation 5:7-11
After Jesus died, he descended and got the keys to the kingdom, he ascended to the throne to present his blood as the sacrifice for sin.
The most exciting thing in heaven was not Jesus coming out of the grave, or even getting the keys of authority back from Satan, but when Jesus offered His blood, He had the power to loose the seals, open the books, and redeem man back to God.
The new song in heaven was: redeemed by the blood of the lamb. He is worthy, He is Holy, He is seated at the right hand of the Father. He’s back home, He’s in His rightful place. Pre-existent Christ. Before Abraham was, I am.
IV. The Day Angels Rejoice—Luke 15:7 over one sinner that repents. Everything Jesus accomplished on the cross and the empty grave is for nothing, unless someone comes to Him as Saviour.
That is why we celebrate souls. That is why we send missionaries to preach the gospel. The greatest thing that ever happened in our lives isn’t Jesus coming out of the grave, but Jesus coming into our heart.
Bobby/Leslie---we are going to stay together, we are going to let Jesus build our lives.
Dusty—Baptism in water last Sunday night—15 total
The great news of the cross is in the song, when He was on the cross, I was on His mind.
Close: Bible College question—what song can the angels not sing. I got it, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
The greatest thing in all the world is to be saved. It is what the angels desire to see.
I guess it would be cool to be 10 feet tall, but even better than that, is to be a 5 9’ preacher of the good news of Jesus Christ.