Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus. - Matthew 4:11
I can literally envision all of Heaven watching this epic battle of the wills going down. Two teams of opposing angels on either side of the battle. Hell’s demons cheering on Satan’s perfectly orchestrated temptations while all of Heaven is applauding Christ’s overcoming. Satan’s team jeering and screaming behind him at Jesus while He was undergoing the temptations. And standing behind Christ? Heaven’s angelic beings in all their restrained power, holding their swords steady, ready to jump in at the first bend of Jesus’ finger beckoning them forth.
The air thick with their supernatural presence watching it all go down.
Until it was over. The temptations complete. Jesus emerging as the Victor and Satan sulking away with his fallen angels to reassess.
And Jesus’ angels? They were no longer on the sidelines. Rushing in to minister to the needs of their King.
Do we not understand that this is what is still happening today? People feeling like they are in a battle for their very lives? Fighting depression, loneliness, fatigue, loss, anger, helplessness, addiction and more? Do they not almost audibly hear the enemies taunts and accusations?
Friends, I’m convinced that if the Lord wanted to send in true angelic beings to minister to our battle wounds today - He still could. In fact, Hebrews 13:2 says “Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” But moreover, I think He is calling us to act as ministering angels to our friends and family who have been battling for some time.
How so? Well….
Did Jesus’ ministering angels bring Him food? Most definitely. We can do that.
Did they speak words of encouragement? I’m sure of it. We can do that.
Did they touch Him, perhaps rubbing out sore muscles? That would make sense. We can do that.
While fully man, Jesus had physical, emotional, and spiritual needs that needed to be met. Filled with the Holy Spirit, He has graciously gifted us to be able to meet the needs of our battle weary friends and family as well.
Today, let’s look for those opportunities within our own sphere of influence. The enemy isn’t going to stop - how about we don’t either.