You made him lower than the angels for a short time; You crowned him with glory and honor and subjected everything under his feet. Hebrews 2:7-8
The angels were with God before the earth was created.
The angels were with God when he touched this dead planet and everything barren and brown turned green with promise.
The angels watched as Adam took his first breath and as Eve joined him to walk in perfect love.
The angels watched God walk with Adam in the Garden and felt the wonder of God giving man dominion over all living things.
The angels watched as Adam and Eve turned mutinous. They saw God’s heart break when paradise disintegrated.
The angels pondered the news throughout Israel’s history that a Messiah was coming. Did they know it would be Jesus?
The angels watched the ebb and flow of obedience and disobedience, blessing and judgement. Loving righteousness, they wept with their Sovereign.
The angels quickened at the news that Mary was chosen to birth God’s Son. Michael, one of their own, had a story to tell. Perhaps he prepared them for a cataclysmic change.
The angels were sent to sing and announce the birth of the One they had served throughout time. He would lie in a manger instead of sit on a throne.
The angels rushed to Jesus’ side in the wilderness. They served him there just as faithfully as they had in heaven. They ministered to His frailty; hunger, thirst, and discouragement.
The angels saw Jesus’ miracles and having witnessed much greater things, they thought to themselves, “People haven’t seen anything yet!”
The angels watched the world reject Love. They saw their King beaten, scourged, and crucified. I believe the throngs of heaven wept in disbelief.
The angels witnessed and took part in the resurrection. Their Jesus was glorified and was coming back home. Was there feasting, singing, and dancing?
The angels celebrated as new children of God were born. They trembled with joy when they heard the sons of men call their God, “Abba.”
How could such a thing happen? A Holy God chose to take on flesh and make Himself lower than the angel’s estate. The world witnessed humility being defined by incarnation.
They have seen it all, Lord. They are witnesses to Your glory. They are still active serving us because of Your love. Is someone entertaining one today? Are they singing to the one who is reading this – the one who is weak and afraid? Are they fighting for another who reads these words and has dropped her hands in battle? Don’t let me lose the wonder of worlds I can’t see but the worlds You still rule. I am safe in the arms of Love no matter how chaotic it all appears. You hold me fast, Good Father. Amen