Tuesday Reflection

30th June 2020

greater and greater importance

Today angels seem to be taking on greater and greater importance in people's lives.
In fact, there are some well known personalities talking about having their own personal angel
and needing to 'contact your angel'.
I know of one, dear lady, who says she is regularly in communication with angels,
dreams about them and gets advice from them.
She has copious amounts of literature, pictures and figurines relating to angels in her home.

Now I believe in angels because the Bible clearly talks about them,
there are numerous instances in the Bible where angels play a significant role,
(far too numerous to recount, perhaps if you are interested,
and have some time to spare, you could research the topic).
Angels played a prominent role in Jesus' birth story;
from the revelations to Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth,
and Zachariah, to the shepherds out on the hillside (Luke 1, 2).
An angel led Peter out the prison, where Herod had incarcerated him,
through unlocked doors and passed the unseeing guards, (Act 12:1-11).

But angels are not only to be found in the New Testament,
then there is the lovely story in the Old Testament
about Balaam and his talking donkey's encounter with the angel,
on the road to visit Balak, told in Numbers 22:21-39.

Angels have an appropriate place in 'creation' which Paul addresses in his letter to the Colossians.

18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility
   and the worship of angels disqualify you.
   Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen;
   they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.
19 They have lost connection with the head [Jesus],
   from whom the whole body,
   supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews,
   grows as God causes it to grow. (2:18,19)

Paul is telling us that if we become so pre-occupied with angels
that we overlook the head, Jesus, we are going astray.
In fact if we are so pre-occupied with angels that we become disconnected from Jesus
then we're heading for trouble.
We grow and are nourished;
we get our life and direction form the head, Jesus.

If God wants to have an angel intervene in my life,
that would be amazing.
But I don't need to contact my angel
because I have instant communication with the Son of God,
who is far superior to angels.
As it says in the first chapter of Hebrews

   After he [Jesus] had provided purification for sins,
   he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
4 So he became as much superior to the angels
   as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
   "You are my Son; today I have become your Father"?
   Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"?
6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world,
   he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."
7 In speaking of the angels he says,
   "He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire."
8 But about the Son he says,
   "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
   a sceptre of justice will be the sceptre of your kingdom. (1:3b-8)

Jesus is our Lord and saviour.
He is the vine and we are the branches.
We grow in him and have communion with him.
Why would we want to contact an angel
when we can contact the one whom angels worship!

Angels are under the Lordship of Jesus.
That is their rightful place.