I went to bed last night listening to the Bible when this passage was read:
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5:13-15)
The verse doesn’t come out and say so, so I suppose this is theory not facts here, but I have heard it said that this commander was a personification of Jesus.
I was struck with how august Jesus’ position as the Son of God was and how much he gave up at the Nativity as well as Calvary. Commander of the Lord’s Army, Author of Creation, lowly baby, executed criminal. What a picture of love and what a high example for us to follow.