An angel is a messenger from God. In Christian art angels are often shown with wings, but in many Bible stories angels seem to be indistinguishable from people. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
Angels appeared in the story of Jesus’ conception and birth and again when he had spent time alone in the desert for forty days. The period from Ash Wednesday until Easter is known as Lent and recalls these forty days.
Later, in the Easter story Jesus of Nazareth is arrested, tried and executed by crucifixion. A secret disciple (follower) of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, asked for the body and laid it in the tomb he intended to be buried in himself. There wasn’t time to prepare the body properly for burial as the following day was the Jewish Sabbath, on which no work was allowed. So it was the first day of the week, when the disciples were able to visit the tomb in order to do what was customary. Mary Magdalene was the first of Jesus’ disciples to arrive at the tomb with other women (named in Mark’s gospel as Mary the mother of James, and Salome. Jesus had brothers including James.) They found that the tomb was open and the body was missing.
Already heart-broken by Jesus’ death, Mary Magdalene was even more shocked and upset. She rushed to find the other disciples. Peter and John went back with her. Mary Magdalene was one of the women, who saw the angels in the tomb.
Further reading: Angels by Billy Graham
The four accounts in the New Testament
My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.