Mark 1:13Posted 10/13/21, by Dan Vis
If it's true that Jesus came to pull back the curtain veiling the spiritual realm, and angels in particular, then it makes sense to study when angels appeared in His life. That these incidents might help us identify times angels were working in our life, more invisibly.
Take for example, this instance recorded in the book of Mark, where Jesus is reported to have interacted with multiple angels:
And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
In thinking about this incident, it's common to assume the angels only appeared after the temptation was over, and that they only appeared to provide food because Jesus was near the point of death after fasting 40 days. And it is probably true, these angels weren't visible to Jesus during the actual trial--as that would have certainly impacted the outcome of the test. But I'm quite confident they were there by His side, invisibly, the entire time.
They were there with Jesus protecting Him continuously from dangerous wild beasts. While weak from lack of food, they kept Him perfectly safe from harm, from whatever predators may have been prowling around in His vicinity.
And they were there with Jesus during the actual temptation. Their presence prevented the enemy from doing anything more than what the Father allowed. No doubt, those angels watched every move Satan made--like a hawk. And together, they formed an invisible, but unbreakable, hedge about Jesus.
And of course, that were there to minister to Him after the temptations were complete--bringing Him food indeed, perhaps a bit of manna from heaven! They were there to restore His weakened body. Strengthen Him after His trial. Prepare Him for the ministry He was about to commence.
Personally, I would have loved to watch those angels decloak themselves and see the exchange as they greeted their beloved commander once again. Wouldn't that have been interesting? But alas, those details are not recorded.
Regardless, this story, which Jesus recounted to His disciples (none of them were there to observe it either), reveals a few lessons. Specifically, that at the most dangerous and difficult points in our life, angels are there. Whether we see them or not, they are actively protecting us, limiting the extent of the tests that come to us, and strengthening us after each test is complete. When I think back on the darkest moments of my life, this story helps me realize angels were present, however discouraged might outlook might have been at the moment.
Incidentally, we see something similar happened at another trying time for Jesus. In the Garden of Gethsemane, while the weight of the sin of the world was threatening to crush out His life, "there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him" (Luke 22:43And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.). And John suggests this angel stuck around long enough to show the mob sent to arrest Jesus, they were powerless to touch Him apart from the permission of God (John 18:6As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.). From beginning to end, angels attended His every step.
We may never see angels decloak for us, until Jesus returns, but they are there at your side. They are all "ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?).
|Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 10/16/21|
|It is so comforting to know that angels that were with Jesus to strengthen him are there for us also ministering to us. Angels protecting us from the fiery darts of Satan. God is so good!|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 10/14/21|
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|Posted by Lydia Gilbert-McClain on 10/13/21|
|It’s comforting to know that we are surrounded by angels. Knowing that we are wrestling against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.) the fact that we are not alone, but we have the ministry of the heavenly angels which excel in strength (Psalms 103:20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.) on our side gives me comfort and peace. We can have the assurance that we are never alone and there are always more with us (twice as many) than on the side of the evil one.|
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