Missionary Rachel Smith was carefully telling the Christmas Story to a group of primitive headhunters in the jungles of Peru. With simplicity she told the story of some men who were in the fields guarding their sheep when an angel suddenly appeared.
“What did he look like?” asked one.
“Just like a man,” she answered.
“Did he have feathers?” he asked.
“No,” she replied.
“Then he could not fly and the story is not true,” he shouted.
“Have you seen the missionary plane?” she asked.
“Yes,” came his reply.
“Have you touched it?” she asked.
“I have,” he said.
“Did it have feathers?” she wanted to know.
“No,” he admitted.
“You see,” she explained, “one need not have feathers to fly.”
Immediately the questioner and the tribe went in to an intense discussion. After several moments they agreed that the Christmas Story could be true. God used an angel that first Christmas evening to be a messenger with the most important announcement that was ever made to man.
The Bible has much to say about angels and their actions but little about their appearance. In Psalm 104:4 we read that “He makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His servants.” These “messengers” – or angels – are sent by God to help and care for those who receive His salvation. The Lord will always meet the needs of His children through one way or another – even if it takes one of His angels.
By Michael A. Guido, D.D