Monday I attended the first session of the Bible study Hebrews The Nearness of King Jesus by Lisa Harper. The lesson was powerful and I look forward to what our group will experience in the weeks to come.
Lisa Harper is a Bible scholar, but she is also a master story-teller and that’s right up my alley (as we say down here). The story of her reluctant visit with an eighty-three year old woman on a plane and the ensuing blessing she received brought tears to my eyes and a desire in my heart to serve Him now and in the years to come.
The writer of Hebrews begins his letter by reminding these early Christians of who Jesus is, and he uses Old Testament references to angels as he explains Jesus’ power. In Hebrews 1:14 the author writes, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
The angels’ purpose is to minister to those who believe and Jesus directs that ministry.
The sister of our friend worked for the FBI when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11. Called to the scene she was overwhelmed by what she witnessed. As she processed the scene, an army of angels stood on the perimeter. She saw flickering of lights and then angels appeared. They were dressed for battle and one in particular stood out. She perceived that he was Michael.
Lillie Leonardi shares what she saw in a book, In the Shadow of a Badge. Many books about angels are available as testimonies to the existence of these messengers.
Though I long to see warriors with wings or glorious beauties with radiant countenances from the heavenly realm, the angels I have seen are more like the strangers mentioned in Hebrews 13:2
Two of my angels appeared one steamy afternoon and jump started my dead battery. The tattooed strangers appeared out of nowhere in the parking lot of the barbecue restaurant at just the right time and saved the day.
After completing their good deed they refused any payment and left as quickly as they had appeared.
Mother wrote in her journal, “All those who call upon God in their need will be answered, sometimes in unexpected ways.”
We live in a world full of people in need of a Savior. Once they meet Him they have the right to call out and the host of heaven is ready to help. That gives me a confidence that I can hold on to.