I have just returned from a few days in Northumberland. I enjoyed visiting Hadrian's Wall, Kielder Reservoir, Alnwick Castle and the Angel of the North. It's a beautiful part of the country. I had driven past the Angel of the North several times, but had never stopped to take a closer look. 33 million people visit The Angel every year.
Sunday 2nd December is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of our preparations for Christmas when we remember the coming of the baby Jesus, born into this world to become our Saviour. As I thought about the Christmas story I was reminded of the role taken by angels.
An angel tells Mary that she is going to give birth to God's Son. An angel appears to Joseph to reassure him that Mary's child will be the Son of God. An angel tells Joseph to name the child:
“Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins”.
The night Jesus was born, angels announced his birth to shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem;
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men,”
Angels are angelic beings, messengers sent by God to speak to people. Christmas cards depict these angels as having wings and surrounded by light. But according to the book of Hebrews we are warned of the possibility of entertaining angels without recognising them as angels. So not every angel has wings. I've often heard people respond to an act of kindness with the words; “You're an angel!”
As Christians we are called to be messengers, bringing the Good News to all mankind that a Saviour has been born who is Christ the Lord.
You are welcome to celebrate with us at various events being held at Costessey Baptist Church during December. Please see details on the website or contact me by email using the "contact us" form.