Everlasting God, You have ordained and constituted the service of angels and men in a wonderful order. Mercifully grant that, as Your holy angels always serve and worship You in heaven, so by Your appointment they may also help and defend us here on earth; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, AMEN!
Read Revelation 12:7-12
St. Michael the Archangel has all the makings of your typical behind the scenes mover and shaker. While Jesus is out front teaching and preaching and performing signs and wonders and doing all the things that one would expect the Son of God to do; St. Michael is out back doing all the dirty work.
It is St. Michael who leads an army of angels in Daniel 12, where he is described as the one who brings about a time of great trouble that has never been before. In Jude 9, St. Michael is described in a popular legend as having battled with the devil for the body of Moses. And in Revelation 12, St. Michael is again described as battling with Satan in an effort to drive him from heaven.
Yes, while the Archangel Gabriel is delivering messages of comfort and joy to Mary and Joseph and Zechariah about the coming Christ child, the Archangel Michael is out battling with Satan in a gruesome war, the likes of which have never been seen before.
The Archangel Michael is the James Bond of angels. We can easily imagine him with a
hidden-radio in his watch; a pen that turns into a flaming sword; not to mention the gold ring that doubles as a grenade. The Archangel Michael is what we dream Jesus to be: a warrior, who has an arsenal of weapons with which to fight Satan with.
But instead we see Jesus out front smiling and waving as He enters Jerusalem riding a donkey; while St. Michael is outback slashing the throats of those who would dare to ruin this triumphant arrival into Jerusalem. St. Michael does the dirty work, while Jesus keeps His hands clean of any blood or dirt that might contaminate the Son of God.
But as it turns out, the case is actually the reverse. It turns out that Jesus is the one who is actually doing the dirtiest of dirty work; not St. Michael.
Jesus is the one who lowers Himself by taking on human flesh and blood and coming to earth to live amongst a sinful people; and it is Jesus who does the ultimate dirty work of going to the cross where He hung naked, bruised, bloodied, with sweat caked to His cheeks.
It is the work of Jesus on the cross, not the battles or behind the scenes work of St. Michael; that ultimately defeats Satan and drives him from heaven. It is Jesus on
the cross, weak and defeated, that is the symbol of our salvation; not St. Michael clad in armor, wielding a sword.
It is St. Michael, who along with all the angels of heaven, bows in humble reverence to the true conquering hero of heaven and earth: Jesus Christ.
St. Michael is one more in a long line, that points us to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising its shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.