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And when the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, brought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.

...And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.

And he said to them, Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

Is todays emphasis on the presence of angellic visitors a good thing?

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record angels in relation to the discovery of the empty tomb. Angels appear in various parts of the Bible. Indeed, they are an active part of the creation.

Many people owe their mortal lives to the intervention by angels, while others have been blessed by their presence. The presence of angels has been a blessing to many others.

But not all angels are good. One-third joined Lucifer, the most glorious of all the angels, in rebelling against God. These wanted to draw the attention off God, and onto themselves.

In this age, which in the countdown to the end of the world as we know it, may be close to ZERO, our Gracious Lord wants to help us to better stand. So he sends angels to help us. But these angels share the same gentleness and humility which Jesus shares.

Everything in the kingdom points to God the Father. And though He is central, God is also humble. In fact, humility and gentleness are earmarks of the life of faith.

But there are other angelic beings that draw attention to themselves. We call these demons, for they want our worship. They rebelled, because they didn't feel it was right for God to get all the glory.

The angels which remained true to God are not like this. They demand that we NOT worship them. They saw what happened when the other angels went astray, and they definitely don't want that to happen to them.

So the next time something good happens to you, don't rejoice in the goodness of the servants that brought it about - instead, turn your thanks to God the Father Himself. Rejoice that you are loved, and, as Jesus told His disciples, your name is written down in the book of life.

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