[Jesus], having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Hebrews 1:4
Very few angels appear to have names but we can usually name two who do. Gabriel and Michael. Angels make up the host of heaven (numbered as the stars) and God is the Lord of this angel army. Though their activity is mentioned in scripture, their names are missing and I have to believe it’s intentional. Angels are not to be the focus. The only name that matters is ‘Jesus’, their Creator. There is no name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Yet, our world has a preoccupation with them and Satan applauds it. He doesn’t want the attention to be on Jesus lest our Lord might draw them to Himself. The kingdom of darkness flaunts the work of the dark angels, called demons, though they don’t advertise them as dark unless you’re a hard-core Satanist. They are usually portrayed as spirits of light but we know they are false lights.
Satan, their leader, with his ability to trick and deceive, has sprinkled them with glitter and caused them to be able to beguile people. Spirit guides, familiar spirits, and other mystical beings in the spiritual world fascinate the world and offer an encounter that stimulates the senses. But, tragically, a widespread interest in Jesus, the Light of the world, is absent. He is waved off with a shrug.
The word angel means messenger. God’s angels are His messengers. Isn’t the One who sent them to deliver a message or to serve a child of God the point of it all? It would be like me getting flowers from someone who loves me but I become obsessed with the person who delivers them instead of the person who sent them. The first thing one does when getting flowers is to find the card that came with them. The sender and the sentiments are what make it special.
The apostle Paul saw this foolishness in his day and warned the church at Colossae. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind.” Col. 2:18
God’s angels surely consider it a tragedy and would protest as they know their place. What’s the tragedy when angels are glorified? 1.) They are grieved because they live to worship God and pray we’ll do the same. 2.) We are left wanting as we admire the messengers and ignore the One who sent them to love and serve us. 3.) We miss out on holy encounters with Jesus as angels aren’t involved in the work of sanctification. The only One who can teach, encourage, convict, and save is God-Himself.
Jesus – the name above all names – sits at the right hand of God today. Around Him are angels who know their place and rejoice in the privilege of worshipping the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
One day, I will join them, Jesus, but I need not wait. You are central in my vision today. Amen