The recent passing into glory of several people I knew, even two family members, the truth of my own mortality seems to be on my mind. Now I’m not saying that I am eager for that final moment, but I can’t honestly say that I’m not. And the truth is, we will all face that final moment, that last breath that will free us from this earth suit and put us instantly into the presence of our very Holy God.
And I ask myself, Am I ready? Do I fully understand the holiness of the One Who died for me? I’m not sure that I do. In fact, that word holiness is a word that many Christians have let slip from their vocabulary.
In Isaiah 44:22, God says, “I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
To me, that verse really highlights God’s holiness. Only One Who is Holy could blot out my transgressions. And when I consider the immensity of that word ‘blot’, I am overcome with awe.
Only a Holy God could wipe out my sin without contaminating Himself.
Only a Holy God could obliterate my sin and leave no residue.
Only a Holy God would do that for someone who should have been exterminated!
How can we renew our understanding of that word ‘holy’? I suspect that the answer lies in His Word.
God, in His own Holiness, declared many things to be holy, days, places, things and people. And He declared that He Himself was Holy. And throughout His Word, we are reminded that the One Who brought us out of the bondage of sin, out of Egypt is Holy.
Here in these verses the holiness of God is declared.
Isaiah 6:1-8 . . . . Isaiah’s Call and Mission
Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; His glory fills the whole earth.
The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed and your sin is atoned for.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who will go for Us?