What Jesus Did! 'The Angels Attend' — Matthew 4:11

Sunday, January 29, 2017

So the devil left Jesus. And then some angels came to Jesus and helped him.
— Matthew 4:11
Illustration of Matthew 4:11 — So the devil left Jesus. And then some angels came to Jesus and helped him.

Key Thought

Have you ever wondered if there was something, or someone, there? You know, after a major decision that placed you under ridicule and attack for choosing what was ethical, right, moral, or true. That clear good night's sleep, that sense of peaceful well being, and that sense of God's care and presence are not imagined. While some have made angels a preoccupation or even a replacement for the worship of God, Christians need to know that angels are God's servants sent to serve his faithful believers! They are the great means of heavenly comfort and support after major ordeals. They are the words of encouragement given to us by the right person at just the right time. They are even in attendance when we worship together as God's people. But the point of angels is not angels; the point of angels is the love of God for us, his children. Let's thank him that he has not left us alone to fight the battles of faith or to find comfort after the battle has passed. And let's join the angels that surround his throne in heaven with praise for his grace, power, majesty, and faithfulness.

Today's Prayer

Holy and Almighty God, you are worthy to receive all glory, honor, and praise. You have sacrificed your Son to redeem me. You have blessed me with support in my weakness, comfort in my grief, healing in my illness, and hope in my despair. Thank you for caring for me through Jesus in his ministry, through the Holy Spirit in his abiding presence, and through your angels in their service to my needs. For these, and so many other blessings to numerous to name, I thank you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert. Jesus was taken there to be tempted by the devil. Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and nights. After this, he was very hungry. The devil came to Jesus to tempt him. The devil said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these rocks to become bread." Jesus answered him, "It is written {in the Scriptures }, 'It is not just bread that keeps people alive. People's lives depend on what God says.'" Then the devil led Jesus to the holy city (Jerusalem). The devil put Jesus on a very high place on the temple. The devil said, "If you are the Son of God, jump off. Why? Because it is written {in the Scriptures }, 'God will command his angels for you, and their hands will catch you, so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.'" Jesus answered him, "It also says {in the Scriptures }, 'You must not test (doubt) the Lord your God.'" Then the devil led Jesus to the top of a very high mountain. The devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and all the great things that are in those kingdoms. The devil said, "If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things." Jesus said to the devil, "Go away from me, Satan! It is written {in the Scriptures }, 'You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him!'" So the devil left Jesus. And then some angels came to Jesus and helped him.

Matthew 4:1-11

Related Scripture Readings

All the angels are spirits who serve God and are sent to help those people who will receive salvation.

Hebrews 1:14

[Jesus said] Be careful. Don't think these little children are worth nothing. I tell you that these children have angels in heaven. And those angels are always with my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18:10

"Father, if it is what you want, then let me not have this cup of suffering. But do what you want, not what I want." Then an angel from heaven appeared. The angel was sent to help Jesus.

Luke 22:42-43

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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