December 15, 2017
“And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies; his glory fills the whole earth. The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke. Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips,and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies.” Isaiah 6:3-5 Christian Standard
It happened in a moment. One man finds himself surrounded by God’s audience. He sees and hears the most powerful hymn of his life: Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Armies … . His whole life is undone. There’s nothing in his life that has prepared him for this moment. All he can do is surrender. Then it happens again. Some shepherds, hardly qualified to be evangelists, are interrupted on their sheep watch. They would run toward a predator but were terrified by the light and an angels voice: “Don’t be afraid, for look I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Moments are what you experience everyday. Most of them are just normal, ordinary, hardly worth repeating incidents of living your life. But written and imprinted on your heart is a truth that should alter your life everyday. You’ve been claimed by a Holy God. Angels hide their eyes. Prophets confess their utter helplessness, and shepherds are scared to death. The birth of this child, the death of this Son, and the resurrection of this Lord means the everything-that-He-is has been traded for everything-that-you-were. That means you are holy and blameless in His sight. It makes you a messenger of great joy. It only takes a moment..
“In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid,for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12 Christian Standard
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Holy Wonders of Jesus. *To God be the glory for the life and ministry of R.C. Sproul. Dec.14, 2017)