It’s Christmas time, which means we’re about to hear a whole lot about angels.
Whether they be portrayed as women or as little children, there seems to be one reoccurring theme in the world’s (and Church’s) view of angels: weakness. This is not to say that women are weak. But what I have noticed is that the image that we see of angels is a kind, meek, wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly one.
But is that what we know about angels? Consider the following verses of Scripture:
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. (Luke 2.9 | Would you be afraid of this angel if it was a puny, glowing baby?)
And there appeared to [Jesus] an angel from heaven, strengthening him. (Luke 22.43 | I don’t think I would be incredibly strengthened by a strings playing trio of robed beings)
And when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of the Lord went up in the flame of the altar. Now Manoah and his wife were watching, and they fell on their faces to the ground. (Judges 13.20 | Again with fear… this angel walked into the fire of a sacrifice; without burning his ukulele!)
Besides all of these are the numerous passages in the rest of Scripture (especially the images we see in Revelation) that refer to angels as being scary beings that are created to serve God by serving man. One strengthened Jesus and another one proclaimed his birth. These aren’t weaklings, they are beautiful.
But not like Jesus
One thing that we must remember in addition to this is that they are created beings just like us. God desires worship from us; worship that must be reserved for Him alone. Let us not forget that as we rejoice in His blessing of mighty helpers to aid us.
They are mighty indeed, and serve as one more reason to rejoice in our creator.
PS. This is my kind of angel (except, without sometimes being small)!