A is for Angel

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

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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

Matthew 28:1-9, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12 and John 19:38 to 20:12

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.

10 thoughts on “A is for Angel

  1. You know? It’s strange how when you read these stories in a different context, you notice things you never before. I don’t think I’ve ever known about that practice to welcome strangers because they might be angels. I think we should remember that more often.

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    The Old Shelter – Living the Twenties

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  2. I love angels! Sometimes I think we are called to be angels too – to provide the answers to people’s prayers… I think of Philip, how he was sent in the Spirit to the Ethiopian Eunuch, to explain the scriptures and baptise him and then disappeared suddenly and arrived back wherever it was… he must have seemed like an angel encounter to the Eunuch! (story somewhere in Acts?) Messengers, ministers, protectors and guides – among other things, I believe.Thank you for reminding me of these mysterious, faithful servants of God.

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  3. Funny how angels can appear. When we lived near the Pacific Crest Trail we hosted oodles of hikers needing shelter, respite etc. We loved doing that and often pulled over off a road to chat with obvious hikers and offer them a place to stay, do laundry, eat meals with us etc. We were called “Trail Angels” but we never saw ourselves as that, but just people wanting to help others! https://katheatoz.blogspot.com/

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  4. I like the quote about showing hospitality to strangers, those are great words to live by. I remember comparing the Easter story in the different gospels in my RS class in high school. It was fascinating.

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