St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

Angelic Role

Matthew 28:5-7—The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Did you know that the most basic meaning of the word “angel” is “messenger”? It makes sense when you see one of the main roles of angels in the Scriptures was to deliver messages. Sometimes not a “good” message, but other times, messages that changed the world. The Easter message of the angel certainly changed the world for the women who had gone to Jesus’ tomb that morning, expecting to see what they saw on Friday when their world seemed to end with Jesus’ death. Now the message is:
Do not be afraid…He is not here; he has risen, just as he said!

You may have already had to do it before, and you may have to do it again—deliver bad news. As Corona cases increase in our county, the danger also increases. Continue to live in the resurrection confidence that is yours through faith in Jesus! This is what will keep your heart in the right place as you continue to serve in our community. It will also keep your heart in the right place when you have to be the one to deliver the message or try and serve members of our community who have received a message that has seemed to bring their world to an end.

Remember also the opportunity you have to be a messenger of good news. You are a messenger not just in your kindness and doing your job with excellence, but also with your words of encouragement from the Easter message of Jesus’ resurrection which assures us of our own resurrection. And remember where this message was first delivered—in a cemetery! At a tomb of all places! But, it was and still is an empty tomb because Jesus lives!