How did angels empower Jesus’ ministry?

Matthew 1:20-21 – But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

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Angels served in Jesus’ earthly life in 13 ways: 

  1. An angel promised the birth and ministry of John the Baptizer. (Luke 1:11–17)                  
  2. An angel named Jesus. (Matt. 1:21; Luke 1:13)
  3. An angel told Mary she was chosen to be Jesus’ virgin mother. (Matt. 1:20–21; Luke 1:26–37)
  4. An angel told Mary and Joseph to parent Jesus. (Matt. 1:20–21)
  5. Angels told the shepherds Jesus was born. (Luke 2:8–15)
  6. Angels worshipped Jesus at His birth. (Luke 2:13–14)
  7. Angels warned Jesus’ parents of the coming genocide so they could flee to Egypt. (Matt. 2:13, 20)
  8. Angels strengthened Jesus after His temptation battle with Satan. (Matt. 4:11)
  9. An angel strengthened Jesus in Gethsemane before the cross. (Luke 22:43)
  10. An angel rolled the stone away from Jesus’ tomb. (Matt. 28:2)
  11. An angel told two women at the empty tomb that Jesus had risen. (Matt. 28:5–7; Luke 24:4–7; John 20:11–14)
  12. Two angels comforted Mary Magdalene and reunited her with Jesus. (John 20:11–1)
  13. Angels promised that Jesus would be coming again. (Acts 1:10–11)                        

And still yet to come, angels will declare Jesus’ victory and ride into history with Him for war in the end. (Rev. 1:1; 19:9; 22:1, 6, 16)    

What do you know about angels? Read some of these verses to learn more about how angels empower Jesus’ ministry.

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