But when he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take to yourself Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first,
then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.
Let brotherly love continue.
Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.
If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.”
The angel answered the women, “Don’t be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified.
He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.
The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and shall name him ‘Jesus.’
He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
“Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.
Or do you think that I couldn’t ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?
While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing,
who also said, “You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky, will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky.”
The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people.