DEC. 20 ADVENT DEVOTION
h. 5:14b "You are standing on holy ground."(Josh.
How can this be?
Mary's question is answered in at least five ways: 1. God's love is
the motivation. 2. His power is the agent. 3. His activity is the
reason. His life is the gift. 4. His person is the result.
In another pre-incarnational visit by God, Joshua, about to lead an
attack on Jericho, encounters a man with a drawn sword blocking his
way. Joshua wants to know if the man is on his side. The man states
that Joshua has asked the wrong question. He said that He was on
neither side, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now
come." Then Joshua fell at the man's feet and asked, "What message
does my Lord have for his servant?" He answered, "Take off your shoes,
for you are standing on holy ground!"
The LORD had made a personal visit to remind Joshua and us that being
on God's side is more important than His being on our side. Joshua led
Israel to a great victory because he was surrendered to the LORD. We
have a personal God who often delivers messages through
angels(messengers), prophets, priests, and even donkeys but at times
prefers to do it Himself. It is part of God's character as Person to
want to interact with His people on a face to face basis.
Ultimately He came as a new-born baby who grew up to be a great man
and die on a cross for our sins. Mary understood the holy significance
of this event. The song that she sang indicates that she had removed
her shoes because she was standing on holy ground.(Lk. 1:46-55) "My
soul magnifies the LORD and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior",
started the song.
I love and enjoy all the trappings of Christmas. I enjoy Santa,
Rudolf, Frosty, and the others. But Christmas is Jesus! When I think
of the great event of the incarnation, I realize that I am standing on
holy ground. Christmas is joyful, but Christmas is serious. God comes
to us, not to take our side but to be by our side. We become victorious
because we have surrendered into a loving relationship with the Person
of God who is victorious. This is the message He has for us during
Advent. We are standing on holy ground. Do not allow Christmas to
become too secular or too casual. This whole magnificent celebration is
joyfully serious. It is holy!