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Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
This is the beginning of the story of the Deacon Stephen. He became the first Christian martyr following the resurrection of Jesus. Before they stoned him to death, he was brought before the highest ruling body of Israel, “The Sanhedrin,” on trumped up charges. Actually, he had been working “great wonders” and “signs” among the people (v. 8). In other words … “All Good Stuff.” He knew his life was in grave danger because he was threatening the powers of Jewish religious authority by his works. And yet, in his darkest hour, the people saw that his face was like that of an “Angel.”
When people think of the “Face of An Angel” they seldom think of terror or pain or anguish or fear. Instead, the “Face of An Angel” infers beauty, peace, love, joy, attraction, and rest. It’s hard to imagine that in an hour of absolute impending pain, judgment, false accusations, and certain death, Stephen had such unusual peace! The peace that he possessed was described as a man with an … “Angel Face.” I’m impressed this morning to say, “In the middle of your present storm, God is bringing a peace your way that will cause people to say about you … Here comes “Angel Face.”
Today I thank You that You have brought me a deep Peace and certain Victory, even in the most trying times of my life. Amen