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Like the Face of an Angel

Acts 6:15

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All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Acts 6:15 NIV

Stephen is described as a man full of God’s grace and power who performed great wonders and signs among the people. But he also faced serious opposition from a group of Jews who engaged him in debate. And who, unable to prevail in debate, turned to more extreme measures. They hired false witnesses and took him to court, accusing him of blasphemy against Moses and God—very serious charges which could result in the death penalty in a Jewish court.

As Stephen stood before the court and his accusers, “they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.” I do not know what an angel’s face looks like. But I am sure it does not reflect worry, anger, or concern. Instead, it likely reflects serenity, peace, and joy. Did Stephen know what would happen to him at the end of this trial? He at least knew it was a strong possibility. And that probably filled him with such joy that it caused his face to glow. Not joy that he was facing stoning. But that he would soon be standing in the very presence of his Lord.

There is little resemblance between Stephen and myself. But I would sure love to be able to face suffering and death the way he did. With boldness and joy, ready to leave this life behind, knowing that I will soon be with my Lord in paradise.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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