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Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)
TITLE: standing on holy ground
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But, at the cross I imagine they stood at a distance. With bowed heads and silent lips they stood back, wanting to inch closer but feeling like running the opposite way at the same time. Perhaps some stood in the crowd, disguised as men, while others were disguised to the naked eye. These angels, whether or not they were visible or invisible, were eyewitnesses of His Glory standing on holy ground.
They didn’t want to watch Jesus suffer, but they couldn’t tear themselves away from the scene, the greatest act in history. They understood that this sacrifice would go down in history, and they wanted to witness it for themselves. Some people were at the cross because they chose to be there. Others were there because they had to. I don’t know where the angels stood, maybe they didn’t even know for themselves.
The angels had watched Jesus grow. They had been there all along. They were at the side of the manager the day He was born. They were there when He took His first steps and when He was in the Temple for the first time. They were there the day of His first Passover celebration and when He chose the disciples. And they were careful not to miss His first miracle. They were with Him in the boat, on the mountain, and in the garden. They had been there from day one, and they were determined to be there to the end.
Even though it pained them, the angels watched on. They watched as the soldiers cast lots for His clothes. They watched as the nails were driven into His hands and feet. They watched as the cross was lifted high above the earth. They watched as the neighbouring criminals mocked Him and the crowd made a joke out of His pain.
When Jesus was tortured by abuse, hanging naked on the tree the angels could barely look but they didn’t want to be found anywhere else. These angelic beings were on guard, ready to fly to Jesus’ side and lift Him of the cross if He gave the word. They were ready and waiting to carry Him to Heaven if He gave the command. But He didn’t. So they kept their distance.
I imagine the angels cried rivers of sadness over the loss of communion between the Father and Son. But these tears of sadness were turned to tears of joy when Jesus breathed His last. Why? Because they knew it was all over. Jesus had won the day. The angels knew no matter how hard death tried to hold Jesus in its grip it was fighting a losing battle.
No power in Heaven or Hell could have prevented the Resurrection, the angels knew it was going to happen as “it is finished” fell from His lips. These three words changed the course of history as Jesus’ death opened the door to New Life. The angels cried tears of joy when they realised that the lost communion between the Father and His children had been restored by His Son.
The angels who had been there for Jesus birth and death weren’t about to leave. The angelic beings who were there the day Jesus entered the world and exited it wanted to be there the day He was resurrected from the dead. The women were the last to leave the cross and the first to visit the tomb, with one exception. The angels never left Him; they were too scared to miss the resurrection. Just like they kept watch of baby Jesus sleep at night, and hang dying on the cross, they kept watch from sunrise to sunset as Jesus lay in the tomb. They waited for Jesus to wake. But this time they didn’t keep their distance; their excitement and anticipation couldn’t keep them away.
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