“An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.”
Luke 22:43 (NIV)
When we seek to understand the matter of our Lord’s incarnation we always come away with more questions than answers. It is abundantly clear that when Jesus walked this earth He taught people to believe that He was God in human form.
The Messiah that was to come for His people was referred to as One Who had existed from eternity (Micah 5:2). Jesus did things such as forgive sins—which were the work of God alone. He caused the blind to see, the lame to walk, and He even raised the dead.
So when our Lord came into the world He brought with Him supernatural powers. Yet there are passages that described Him as tired and weary. He was occasionally very hungry. So His humanity combined with His deity allowed Him to feel all the discomforts that we do as humans.
This is why our verse for today is so insightful. We see how our Lord was given strength for the experiences of arrest, slander, flogging, and the death on the cross. He confessed to Peter, James and John in Gethsemane, Matthew 26:38 (NIV)
“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.
Stay here and keep watch with me.”
So we recognize that even our beloved Lord Jesus was in need of heavenly help when He faced His greatest crisis. If Jesus needed help when this horror came upon Him, how much more do we need the angels sent from heaven to comfort, strengthen and further prepare us for the issues we face in life?
Over and over as I have been ministering to some saint of God in a time of trial, I urged them to pray that this experience of Jesus in Gethsemane receiving aid from angels might be their experience as well.
In Luke 16:22 we read of a poor beggar named Lazarus facing the greatest crisis of his miserable life. As he stared death in the face, angels from heaven appeared to him, did the same ministry for him that Jesus received in Gethsemane and gently, lovingly carried him to heaven.
Christian friend, whatever your time of sorrow contains for you believe me when I tell you—angels are standing by prepared to minister mercy and grace to you in this time of trial. As a child of God you will not be alone in this situation. Come with confidence and you will be heard.