In the presence of God
December 20, 2010
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

Every once in a while, we get the opportunity to stand in the company of someone famous. About the closest I have come was in a doctor’s office. The receptionist was asking for an autograph of a patient, and I had to ask who it was! Turns out it was a Twin Cities musician by the name of Michael Johnson.

As I was studying an Adent text in Luke, I pondered a certain phrase about Gabriel, the angel who told Zechariah that Elizabeth would give birth to John the Baptist. Luke 1:19 says, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God.”

Think about that phrase for a while. In the presence of a famous person, we humans feel excited, but what would we feel in the presence of God?

Well, for one thing, we, as mere humans, could not stand in the presence of God. The angel Gabriel could.

If we had our sin removed and had our spiritual bodies, would we have any needs in the presence of God? I think not. I don’t think we would have one care. I think we would possess such a confidence that nothing could shake us.

When Jesus was born to earth, didn’t God put on flesh so that all who came in contact with the Christ came into the presence of God? Yes, but as the Christmas carol reminds us, “veiled in flesh the Godhead see,” so it was a little different than what Gabriel experienced.

During this Advent season, take time to think about the wonder and amazement that in Jesus, we get to stand in the presence of God. When you open the Word of God, you get to stand in the presence of God. When you pray in Jesus’ name, you get to come into the presence of God. What a privilege. What a place of comfort. What security. What confidence.

Oh, how our burdens and cares should be lightened when we have Jesus as our Savior. What joy and confidence we should be able to have in life.

This Christmas, you may not run into anyone famous, but think about what a privilege you have that when living in Christ, you can come into the presence of God.