God’s angels from their creation as heavenly beings down through the ages act as messengers, ministering spirits, and beings of intervention. As messenger, the archangel Michael brought the most astounding news to a Jewish teenage girl that she would be the mother of God’s Son (Luke 1:26-38). As ministering spirits, angels attended to Jesus after his forty days of fasting and being tempted or tested by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11). As a being of intervention, an angel rolled away the large stone from the opening to Jesus’ tomb where His body was laid after His crucifixion (Matthew 28:1-9).
We also know that angels were watching Jesus, even when they did not intervene. Jesus told His disciples when He was being arrested, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53 New International Version).
During this Easter season may I share with you my verses of angels’ watching Jesus’ sacrificial death without intervention but then rolling away the tombstone as Jesus came bodily back to life to appear to His disciples and others before He ascended into heaven.
(Verse 1) Angels watched over Calv’ry—
Jesus nailed to a cross;
Yet they took no step to free Him
For sin’s debt had to be bought
With the price of a sinless Saviour
Paying with His precious blood.
The heavens filled with darkness
Cov’ring us with matchless Love.
(Chorus) Matchless love . . .
Paid the price for you and me.
Matchless love paid it all at Calvary.
Though I don’t understand
Why God’s Son would die for me,
With my life I will receive
And in my heart I will believe
In His matchless Love.
(Verse 2) Angels rolled back the tombstone
From his burial cave.
Grieving women came with spices
Thinking there His body lay.
But they found only cast-off linens
That did not need fragrance sweet
For Jesus was arisen
And Love’s mission was complete.
A Song of Resurrection
By Connie Carlisle Polley, 2018-2019