Angels Can’t Evangelize
Acts 10: 1-8
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study. As I studied for this week’s sermon I made an interesting notation about angels. Last night I talked about angel greetings. And tonight I want to talk about something that we can do that angels cannot do. This doesn’t have anything to do with angel wings, appearing to people, or even going to and from the presence of God. This one thing is simply to evangelize. I had never really thought of this before this week but I believe I have the proof right here.
Let’s read Acts 10:1-8.
Angels are messengers from God. Surely they could tell people about Jesus…I bet they have an interesting perspective on the Son of God. And as many angels as God probably has he could send them all over the world and tell about Jesus to every living being. The world would surely be won to Jesus overnight… wouldn’t it? I don’t think so.
The angels did evangelize or share the message of Jesus on at least one occasions. They appeared to a bunch of shepherds outside of Bethlehem on the night the baby was born. Their message was fantastic and got those shepherds moving. This is what they said:
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
As thrilling as that message must have been it still wasn’t evangelism. It didn’t win anyone to Jesus. The shepherds had been sharing the story of the coming Messiah around their campfires for generations. They were wondering when this would happen. The angel’s message wasn’t meant to win them to Christ but to invite them to Jesus’ birthday party! The angels weren’t the evangelist, the shepherds were! The shepherds went to see Jesus and then they told everyone they met about the Messiah… the good news. The word gospel means good news.
The angel of the Lord that appeared to Cornelius in a dream was not an evangelist either. The angel didn’t try to win him to Jesus… Jesus wasn’t even mentioned. The angel never told Cornelius about the need to be saved from sins. He never told Cornelius about the horrible death Jesus died for him. He never said, “Repent and Be Baptized!” The angel never talked about the blessings of abundant life in Jesus or about having eternal life with Jesus in heaven. He never even said, “Look me up when you get to heaven.” The angel just told Cornelius to send for Peter.
Peter was the one to bring the good news message to Cornelius and his household. Peter was the one to baptize everyone there. Peter is the one who got to share the joy of Jesus and being a follower of the Messiah. Because sharing our faith is what we are supposed to do.
Angels can’t do it. They were created by God to be messengers. You might say they are like God’s personal assistants. They weren’t given freewill. They weren’t put on earth. They didn’t sin by eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. They don’t know what it is like to be a sinner in a need of a savior. They can’t tell what it is like to have Jesus living in their heart and to have the presence of the Holy spirit in their lives. Angels can’t be we can.
Think about the joy and privilege that we have in sharing Jesus Christ with others. We can do what angels cannot. Perhaps if we thought more about the joy and privilege we have in sharing Jesus we would be less inclined to complain about the chore of evangelism.
When it comes to the joy of telling others about Jesus I can’t help but think about a woman in our congregation. Many of the people of BCCC know Billie Baldwin and love her. She has been a big part of the work and evangelism at BCCC since she was a young one. She is now 96 years old and in the care of her daughter. The years may have taken some of the wind out of her sails but you can still see the gleam in her eyes when she talks about the Jesus and His church.
I met Billie when she was 90 years old and I knew right away that she was a powerful evangelist even now in her old age. I remember going to her house to visit her on her 92. I ask her what she wanted for her birthday and I will never forget her reply, “I just want to win one more person to Jesus!” Wouldn’t it be great if we all had that kind of excitement about sharing the good news message of Jesus Christ with others.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for the privilege of wearing the name of Jesus and we thank you for lavishing us with your love as your children. I thank you for the testimony of our good sister, Billie Baldwin, and I ask your blessings on her today. I ask, Father, that you will spark that kind of love and joy in us as we share our faith with others as faithful witnesses in Christ. Thank you for Jesus and the gift of life that we have in him. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our study in Revelation at 6pm. Don't forget that we also have Sunday School at 10:00am with Richard Smartnick and Worship Service tomorrow at 11:00am. We also want to invite you to Drive-In Service if you can come. Good night and God bless you.