Friday, March 21, 2008

The Day the Angels Screamed

“Who is like Him, the Lion and the Lamb?”[1]

Have you ever stopped to think what the angels think of us humans? They probably have a hard time figuring us out. They see and know the awesomeness of God in everything. They surround Him and praise Him, and they knew exactly who Jesus was here on earth. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning….The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:1-2,14 NIV) Yet they see man, created in the image of God, seldom giving their creator the praise that He is due.

The angels and the creatures (of Rev. 5) fully understand the Lion (the power and authority). They also understand the total agape love it was for the Lion, the God of the Universe, to lower Himself and come and save what to the angels must seem like a bunch of ungrateful creations. They know fully the price that was paid. The angels and creatures watched as God created the earth. They saw Him create Adam and Eve and they watched in disbelief as they disobeyed Him. They continued to see the unfolding of the past thousands of years.

Then they saw their Creator lower Himself and come to earth as a man and they watched in total horror when God, as man, was accused, spat upon, humiliated, beaten and then hung on a cross. Can you imagine the anguish they went through, screaming out with every lash asking God to be released to go and stop this. The mighty warriors of God, their swords at the ready; held back. Always there, awaiting their instructions from God and now when it seemed as though they were needed the most, He said, “No”. They scream and they shout, begging the Father to set them free to go to His rescue, not fully understanding then that the sacrifice of the Lamb WAS the rescue. The rescue of God's prized possession, us.

Who is worthy to be praised? The Lion and the Lamb!

(This article is taken in large part from my response in a panel discussion in Theology I at Liberty University)
[1] From “Praise Adonai” ©1999 Integrity's Hosanna! MusicWords and Music by Paul Baloche

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