The Reading: Matthew 28:1-15
“His appearance was like lightening …” (v.3) RSV
Angels don’t feature in our lives much these days. Yet the whole Bible is shot through with angelic appearances. There is no doubt that for thousands of years people saw angels. They were (and are) spiritual creatures who are servants of the Most High. They were ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14) who were sent to look after God’s people. Each child has a guardian angel (Matthew 18:10). Jesus was ministered to by angels both after his Wilderness temptations and in his final test in the Garden of Gethsemane.
In our story of the resurrection of Jesus the angel(s) fulfilled their main task which was to be a messenger. The angel told the women that they should go to the disciples and tell them to go and meet the risen Jesus in Galilee. The word ‘angel’ literally means ‘messenger’.
Our faith is sorely reduced if we rob ourselves of a belief in angels.
We may not see them nor hear them but they are around us. Myriads of angels are sent by God to minister to us. Sometimes angels are entertained by us ‘unawares’ (Hebrews 13:2); they may come in the form of a stranger or visitor.
To the women at the tomb “his appearance was like lightening, and his raiment white as snow” (v.3). Even the hardened and unbelieving soldiers were scared stiff. Maybe they didn’t even know what they saw or felt. But the women saw and heard. The angel proved to be a source of encouragement and guidance.
Lord, I may never see an angel but I believe that these wonderful spiritual creatures are around me, to guide and protect. Thank you for them. Amen.
1. Who rescued Lot from Sodom?
2. What affect did the angel have on Moses?