The Curious Angels 1 Peter 1:12

The Angels’ Christmas Curiosity 1 Pet 1:12


On the night of Christ’s birth an enthusiastic angelic choir shouted out the arrival of the Son of God. It is recorded in:

KJV Luke 2:13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Why were they so excited?

They knew Jesus was Immanuel, God with us (Mt 1:23)

They knew he came to save from sin (Mt 1:21)

And,they were filled with wonder and curiosity:

What was going to happen next?

How was this baby going to accomplish salvation?

Just what is this salvation anyway?

The statement of their curiosity about all this is in 1 Pet 1:12:

The angels heard that Christ was to suffer for sins and marveled about “….these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven-- things into which angels long to look.

The angels had and still have an intense desire to know all about this salvation – “long” = ἐπιθυμέω= burning upon.

The angels can’t believe what they see. “Look” = παρακύπτω = to stoop down. The angels’ curiosity got the best of them so they carefully examined the situation.The picture is of angels in heaven bending down and seeing Jesus in Bethlehem and bursting forth in song.

Why the intense interest?

Salvation is not for angels. They are “…ministering spirits…for the sake of those who inherit salvation.” (Heb 1:14). Salvation is only for human beings!!!

They are familiar the humans they minister to. Thus, they can’t believe that God is actually giving human beings such a marvelous gift…. and free!

So they shouted out, “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth good will to men.” A holy “Wow”.

Salvation is all about being delivered from sin. It begins at Christ’s birth. It culminates at His cross. And it is for men just like you and me.