One Sunday, we studied Isaiah’s vision of the Lord in Isaiah 6. Isaiah wrote: “I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. ‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.'”
Later in the church service, I found myself again thinking about God’s holiness, but this time, with a bit of unleavened bread in one hand and a small glass of juice in the other. Our church was celebrating the Lord’s Supper. As our pastor read Jesus’ words, “Take and eat; this is my body,” and “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins,” I felt amazed at the privilege I had been granted, to partake of that holiness that had moved Isaiah, and even heaven’s temple, to trembling.
As we follow our Lord Jesus, let us not hold His holiness in low esteem, but let us remember we serve an awesome God, and let us respond with humble gratitude that such a wretched people would find love and acceptance from such a holy God.
Your Turn: How does the description in Isaiah 6 affect you?