So why preach this on the first day of Advent? First of all, we’re in a series and I wanted to keep going. Ha! But, consider these Advent applications:
1) What a potent reminder that God is still HOLY. Enough people were struck dead in the Old Testament to get the point. These days we talk about grace and love and mercy and the cross and baby Jesus and peace…here we’re reminded early in church history to include HOLY. From the Old Testament to the New, He hasn’t changed.
2) Speaking of HOLY, why did Jesus come in the first place? He didn’t come to teach, heal, love or help. He came to die. He came to die as the only remedy for our sin problem before our thrice holy God.
3) As Jesus came to give His life, He not only saved us from eternal loss but also redeemed us from lawlessness now. He enables us to get it right even when others around us indulge their passions. Ananias and Sapphira remind us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Yes you’re saved by grace, but that grace wasn’t cheap. You’re called to holy living.
Two Christians who made bad choices have a message for us today during this Advent Season. God used their lives by shortening them dramatically; an enduring testimony to the church that secret sins are no secret to Him. In light of such, give it all you’ve got as you serve Christ, both now and throughout the year: He is worthy of no less. As Peter said elsewhere:
But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
- Pastor Colin