Several weeks ago I wrote about the many things that people have said to me since Michael’s death. There was one thing I didn’t mention because I felt like it deserved a discussion all its own.
Numerous people in recent months have told me and my kids that Michael is now an angel in heaven, watching over us, our guardian angel, etc. I know all these comments were said out of compassion and a desire to provide us with comfort. But let’s be clear. MICHAEL IS NO ANGEL!
Michael was a man. He still is a man, though he now resides in heaven rather than here with me. Just because he is no longer alive on earth doesn’t mean he’s somehow become an angel. And I’m so thankful! Let me explain …
God created angels. He created them before he created Adam and Eve, before original sin, the Flood and the nation of Israel. There’s lots to be learned in Scripture about angels, but for time’s sake I’ll just mention a few things about angels. They are almost always mentioned as males. They do not die. They are spirit beings and have great power. And they do not have the power to reproduce.
Also I can tell you that God obviously created angels with the same freedom of choice that He blessed man with. I know that because the Bible records the fall of angels, led by one in particular, Lucifer. Lucifer and his followers apparently decided they would usurp God’s place and elevate themselves above Him – the sin of pride. As a result God banished them from heaven. Interestingly, God did not provide for their salvation. In fact Scripture tells us the fallen angels will spend eternity in the lake of fire (hell).
Then along comes man – Adam and Eve actually. God creates them with the freedom to choose also. And what do they do? They decide they know better than God – the sin of pride. Sound familiar? Yet God, in His infinite love and mercy, immediately has a plan for their redemption. He decides to send Jesus (who is in fact Himself, God) as a sacrifice so that our relationship with Him can be restored. Rather than banish us, God moves in love for us to provide a remedy for our rebellion.
So, back to Michael. Michael is no angel. God created him a man. And dying on earth doesn’t change him to an angel. Praise God Michael is a man! Because he’s a man he fell short of God’s plan and sinned. Because he’s a man he made the decision to accept this act of God’s love to cover his sins so he could have a restored relationship with God. Because he’s a man he continues to live – now he just lives in the continual presence of God rather than here on earth.
Thank You! Thank You God! Thank You for making Michael a man!
Michael is a man. He’s MY man. He is no angel. But he is a saint!