What thoughts, I wonder, must have raced through the angels’ minds as they watched the Son turn to leave the Father’s presence? Were they silent? Did they whisper among themselves?
“He’s leaving. The time has come for the prophecy to be fulfilled.”
They knew the prophecy. They knew The Father was infuriated with Israel’s shepherds who were more concerned about their own comforts and high positions than they were about the sheep that were scattered everywhere. It’s not like He hadn’t warned them over and over again to change their ways. But they had not listened. The angels knew that the time was close at hand for God the Father to send His Son to search for those lost sheep. They knew He would send Him to bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.
Yes, they knew the prophecy well. But now, here it was. The time had come to do what He said He would do.
Did they weep as the Son turned to leave His throne? What thoughts must have swirled around in their minds as they realized all that the Son was leaving behind in Heaven to carry out the Father’s plan on earth? Who would exchange the glories of Heaven for the darkness of earth? They had been to earth. It was dirty and the people were vile. It wasn’t a pleasant place, nothing like Heaven.
I wonder if they followed behind the Father as He escorted His Beloved Son to the gates of heaven. Were their hearts saddened by the knowledge that they would be without the Bright Morning Star for over 30 years?
Did they say goodbye?
Were their hearts burdened knowing what the Son, whom they adored, would face once He arrived on earth? Did their hearts break knowing that He would be despised and rejected? Was there confusion in their hearts over the joy of God’s plan for the salvation of mankind and what that plan of salvation was going to cost God’s only Son? Were they a little angry that The Lamb of God would have to suffer and die to save a bunch of ungrateful, self-centered people?
What was the reaction of the angels in heaven when The Holy One of God was gone? Was there a dazed silence? Was heaven different – not as bright?
Nine months later, when angels were dispatched to announce the birth of the Savior, were they confused as to why they were announcing His birth to shepherds instead of Kings? I wonder if the angels Gabriel and Michael were sent to watch over the Christ Child at His birth and if they were stunned to find the King of Kings lying in a feed trough in a filthy, smelly stable?
I’m really not sure what the angels thought about the Word becoming flesh and living among us, but in my mind I can’t help but think as the angels stood beside that trough on that cold night, and gazed into the face of the Son of God wrapped in flesh, that they whispered one to another, “What love. Have you ever seen such love as this?”
And I find myself echoing the same.
Have a Christ filled week,
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. John 3:16-18
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