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Silencing the Angels
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"Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14).

Angels. What a fascinating creation they are! They live in heaven, but work among us. They see all of our faults, but they still come to our aid. At the word of their Commander, they are here at our side to stop a car, aid a doctor, whisper a warning, and battle the enemy, who is also an angel. They excel in mental power, physical strength, and spiritual strategy.

There's no doubt about it. Compared to angels, we are pretty lame. They can think faster, run (fly) faster, appear and disappear, devise strategic plans beyond our understanding, they can sing in strains that our ears have not yet been blessed to hear, and they never tire of carrying out each mission given by their Commander.

There is, however, one thing that we humans have on the angels. Something that can absolutely silence them. When we stand in the presence of God on that day of entrance into heaven and we bow before Jesus, placing our crowns at his feet, the angels will step back. No more need for rescue missions, no more unseen battles, no more comforting hospital vigils. Their work on Earth is finished. And as they watch the redeemed multitude before them, they fold their wings and just listen. They listen intently because they are about to hear what they've waited thousands of years to hear. They are about to hear the story of redemption from the redeemed themselves. They are about to hear what it's like to actually be redeemed.

Don't Want to Miss a Thing

Each story will be unique, and every person will be filled with thanksgiving and praise to Jesus as they actually look upon their own personal Savior. The angels, who have always looked upon Jesus, will silently observe the enraptured race and the joy of Salvation that springs forth from their hearts and voices. The angels, who have been faithful workers for the cause of Salvation, now watch the fulfillment of it in those who they have helped on Earth, and they don't want to miss a thing.

It will be wonderful to hear all of the amazing and exciting stories that the angels will tell us of how they came to our aid. It will be even more wonderful to hear them speak of what it has been like living in the presence of God since their creation. It will be inspiring to hear them tell of their loyalty to God during the revolt of Lucifer. But their stories, as extraordinary as they will be, will pale in comparison to our story of redemption.

The hymn writer Johnson Oatman, Jr. writes: "Holy, Holy, is what the angels sing; And I expect to help them make the courts of heaven ring. But when I sing redemption's story, they will fold their wings. For angels never felt the joy that our salvation brings."

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