I was reading Acts 12, a few days ago. You remember how it tells about the Apostle Peter being released from prison by an angel. He walked in the dark hours of the night through Jerusalem from the prison to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark.
Here, he knocked at the “door of the gate.” Rhoda, a servant girl, was so happy to see him she just left him standing there and ran to tell those inside the house. The people inside the house thought Rhoda had seen Peter’s “angel” (12:15).
J. W. McGarvey in his great New Commentary on Acts said, “The thought, before they saw him, that it must be his angel, is based on the supposition that every man has an angel, which is a true scriptural idea…” (Vol. I, p. 237). McGarvey references Matthew 18:10 and Hebrews 1:14 in this connection; see also Matthew 4:11.
During our Lord’s agony in Gethsemane, there fell from Him to the ground “sweat…as it were great drops of blood” (Luke 22:44). He had to choose between a safe and painless return to heaven for Himself – or humiliation, torture, and shameful death on a cross for us. It is fascinating to me to read that in that awful hour, “There appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him” (Luke 22:43).
Thus strengthened, He bravely “poured out his soul unto death” (Isa. 53:12; 1 Pet. 2:24-25), “made his grave with the with wicked and with the rich” (Isa. 53:9; Matt. 27:38, 57-60), and lived again, “crowned with glory and honor” (Heb. 2:9-10), to see “the pleasure of the LORD prosper in his hand” (Isa. 53:10).
I wish you a very happy holiday season. I hope you can set aside your burdens and cares for a few days. And I wish you a joyful new year. But should there be some dark days for you in the months ahead, know that a heavenly presence will be there for you and see you through to the other side.