Yesterday I point to how creation responded to the death of our Savior. More specifically, angels stood by, almost waiting for the command of their Creator to deal with those who orchestrated His arrest and death. In fact, Jesus tells those who were with Him at His arrest, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and He will at once send Me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53). Jesus never made the command, and all they could do was watch.
Imagine how the heavenly beings hovered over the scene of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. They must have felt helpless and without understanding as to why Jesus, the God/man who had healed the sick and raised the dead could endure both the hatred of man and the wrath of God. Peter reminds us that what we understand “by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, [are] things into which angels long to look,” but cannot (1 Peter 1:12).
The moment came as these angels continued to watch, when they saw Jesus rise out of death, out of the tomb. This was a moment when Deuteromony 32:43; Psalm 97:7 and Hebrews 1:6 were fulfilled; “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
As if they can’t wait, the angels are at the empty tomb, removing the stone and proclaiming to those who came to the tomb, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said…Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. See, I have told you”” (Matthew 28:5–7). They wanted the news spread as soon as possible.
If angels can worship with celebratory joy and proclaim the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, what should we be doing? Spread the news of this gospel far and wide to all who have never heard!
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