God's defending angels

When Jesus was about to be taken away at the hour of his crucifixion, one of his disciples reacted vengefully by pulling his sword on a servant of the high priest. Jesus responded by healing the wounded soldier and, according to Matthew, by also making a statement that has come to mean a great deal to me: "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" (26:53).

There is a freedom that I feel when I read or think about that statement. Almost a glimpse of what Jesus must have understood of man's oneness with God and of the immediacy of God's great love for His children. The sense of authority in those words makes me realize that there could never be a time when we would be left without God's defending angels.

In next week's SENTINEL
April 10, 1995

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