John 1:51 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New TestamentThe heavens were open to Christ, and the angels attended upon him, first at his baptism, Mat 3:13-17 then at his ascension, Act 1:9 Whether Christ alludes to the one or the other, or to both, I shall not positively say; but gather this note, That the ministry and attendance of the holy angels upon the Lord Jesus Christ, in the time of his humiliation, was very remarkable:
An angel foretells his conception to the Virgin, Luke 1-24; Luk 24:31.
An angel publishes his birth to the shepherds, Luk 2:14.
In his temptations in the wilderness, the angels came and ministered unto him, Mat 4:11.
In his agony in the garden, an angel is sent to comfort him, Luk 22:42-43.
At his resurrection an angel rolls away the stone, and proclaims him risen to the women that sought for him, Mat 28:6.
At his ascension, the angels attended upon him, and bare him company to heaven.
And at the day of judgment, he shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.
Now, thus officious are the holy angels to our blessed Saviour, and thus subservient to him upon all occasions.
1. In point of affection and singular love to Christ.
2. In point of duty and special obligation to Christ.
There is no such cheerful and delightful service, as the service of love. Such is the angel's service to Christ for the services he has done them, he being an Head of confirmation to them: For, that they are established in that holy and glorious state in which they were at first created, is owing to the special grace of the Redeemer: Glorify him then, all ye angels, and praise him all his host.
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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament
William Burkitt (1650 - 1703) was a Church of England clergyman, bible expositor, and devotional writer.
Volume 1: Matthew - John, was published in 1700.
Volume 2: Acts - Revelation was published 1703.