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Angels: Two Men in White

My friend Agnus Frasier was 95 years old when her health failed. I received a call "Ms. Agnus is calling to see you" said the nurse. When I entered her bedroom she was almost too weak to look up at me. Her words were indistinct but it soon became clear that she wanted to see me because she was curious about these men. "What men" I asked. "I keep seeing these two men" she said. "What do they look like?" "Two men dressed in white from head to foot are standing at the end of my bed. I don't know what to say to them. What should I say if they ask me something?" I said "Tell them that you belong to Jesus". That seemed to satisfy her, "yes" she said "I will tell them that I belong to Jesus." Shortly after, she fell asleep in Christ and those two angels, I believe, ushered her to heaven. That corresponds with our Lord's story in Luke 16 about a beggar named Lazarus who suffered a loathsome skin disease and abject poverty. This poor man ate from the garbage while dogs licked his sores. But Jesus said the time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. Notice the word "Angels" is plural. The commentator Mathew Henry suggested that one angel could have surely done the job, but the Lord sent an entire convey, for a saint should be escorted home not only in safety, but with honor. The phrase "Abraham's side" shows that this man Lazarus, a wretched beggar on earth, found himself walking around with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the great heroes of the faithood arrived in heaven before him. It suggests literal, conscious fellowship with our friends in paradise. This passage in Luke signifies a precious promise for all of us who occasionally worry about the moment of death. It reassures us we have nothing to worry about for Christ has paved the way and the angels will see to it that we don't make the trip alone. Those who know Christ will be escorted into eternity by contingent of angels. 

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