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By Rev. Wayne Palmer
December 2, 2015

Read Leviticus 10:1-2. TEXT: And there appeared to him
(Zechariah) an angel of the Lord standing on the right
side of the altar of incense (Luke 1:11).

Advent devos 2015Zechariah is on cloud nine as he steps
into the temple. Yet as awesome and splendid as the
temple itself is, Zechariah sees something few priests
before him ever saw when they stood inside the temple.
Beside the altar of incense is a glorious angel of the Lord.
Standing in the presence of the holy angel he feels his
deep guilt and uncleanness. Terror fills his heart.

Maybe you have had a moment like that--a moment of
incredible guilt and remorse, exposed to your friends and
family. Zechariah is trembling in terror, wondering if this
moment will be his last. The shepherds will have this
exact same reaction on Christmas night when another
angel bursts through the darkness of night to announce
the birth of God's Son, the Christ.

In the same way, the thought of stepping through the
door into God's presence in heaven at the end of our life
is exhilarating--exhilarating, that is, until we stop and
realize our sinful guilt. Not a single one of us is worthy
on our own account to stand before our holy God.

But that is precisely why God sent His Son that first
Christmas: to take away our sin and make us worthy to
stand before Him throughout eternity.


Lord God, it is a frightening thing for a sinner to come
into the presence of a holy angel--even more to stand
before You. Thank You for sending Jesus to take away
the sin of the world. Grant me faith that I may stand
before You in righteousness and holiness all my days--
and especially on that great day. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

(By Rev. Wayne Palmer
December 2, 2015)

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