Two Vastly Different Worlds
Verse 8b Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
We ventured yesterday into a place we wouldn’t have thought to find part of the Christmas story, but today we go into an even stranger place to show a deeper view of what life was like for Jesus before His birth into the flesh.
When we think of Jesus and His world we often think about what life was like in ancient Israel, but was that really Jesus’ world? Of course not! His existence didn’t begin in the womb of a young Jewish girl, He had been in Heaven before the world was created. What He experienced every moment of every day was something we can’t come close to fully imagining. The sights and sounds of Heaven are beyond our ability to comprehend and yet John does his best to give us an image to put into our minds and hearts.
First notice the colors that He is surrounded by. Their brilliance and clarity are truly breathtaking. While we enjoy a good sunset or sunrise we can never come close to seeing the beauty that He lives in. And yet, when He came in the flesh, the things that He first saw with His fleshly eyes were things that spoke of a very humble position. The first smells that enter His tiny nose are those that are directly opposite of His heavenly home. The act of birth itself put Mary into a position of being ceremonially unclean. He went from purity to an unclean place.
His heavenly existence also included sounds, sounds that He would forsake for the most part during His time on earth. Our key verse for the day shows sounds that were constantly heard in Heaven. Notice that this chorus of praise continues day and night. While Heaven doesn’t have actual daylight and darkness hours, remember there is no time in Heaven, this phrase helps us see that the praise is unceasing. While in Heaven, Jesus enjoyed being the center of attention for the praise that He alone deserves. What a contrast to the reception He had on earth. While Mary and Joseph were in awe of Him at birth and the shepherds were in awe of all that they had seen and heard, Jesus was rejected by many during His lifetime. He went from being the most popular, as the highest deity, to being considered the most likely to be a problem. And He gave it all up because of His love of us.
Making It Personal
Have you ever given up any of your own comforts for someone that you loved? Did knowing that they appreciated it help you deal with missing what you gave up? Have you told Jesus how much you appreciate Him doing that for you?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever given something up for someone else? Did knowing they liked it help you get along without it? Have you told Jesus how much you are thankful for His coming to earth to die for your sins?
Father, thank You for the gift of sacrifice. We know Your sacrifice started well before the cross. Thank You for giving it all up and coming to pay the price for us. Holy, holy, holy are You Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.