Day 8 – Jan 8 – The dilemma and glory of holiness

Today’s verse:
Isaiah 6: 5
So I [Isaiah] said:
“ Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”
” (NKJV)

Isaiah, a prophet of the Lord, had just seen a vision of the Lord God in all His splendor and glory and the first thing he realizes is, “I am so doomed!”. When he saw the Lord, Isaiah realized his own incompleteness. He found himself unclean and not worthy. The glory of God revealed Isaiah’s real self and it was not a pretty picture to look at. Isaiah was overwhelmed. He understood he was a sinful man and had no hope in the presence of such glory. There was nothing he could do that could change his situation then.

But then he saw something or someone. An angel walking towards him with something glowing in his hand. A burning coal. Isaiah must have thought this was perfect. He couldn’t have asked better. He deserved to die and the angel of the Lord was coming to burn him. What better way to get rid of oneself – the wretched man, he saw. How could he compare himself with what he had seen and heard?

The angel stopped before him and Isaiah bent his head down to the ground, ready to breathe his last.

Isaiah could hear the hot burning coal above him and ponders. He looks up and without a warning, the angel stuffs the burning coal into his mouth and removes it. Isaiah was surprised. He was still alive. And his mouth was not burnt. In fact, he felt lighter. He did not feel as heavy as before. He actually wanted to smile. That is when he realized that the angel was still standing there and looked at him in puzzlement.

It was the angel’s turn to smile at Isaiah and he said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” (Isaiah 6:7). Isaiah understood why he felt light, the reason for the joy inside. His sins were forgiven. There was nothing more to hold him back anymore. He saw the glory of God and felt part of it. He was not unclean anymore. He was purged. He was sanctified.

When we go in to the presence of God, it is common to think that we are not worthy to go there. His glory does that to us. After all that we have said and done, we could not stand before a holy God. But God made a way for us, through Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for our sins. And His blood sanctifies us and makes us holy and pure. Makes us worthy to stand before a holy God.

The blood of Jesus was shed for all mankind. There is a not a single human being on this planet for whom Jesus Christ has not died. He died for all of us. It is our choice whether we accept it or not.

Pray in your own words: Thank Jesus Christ for the cross and the blood made available to us. Repent of your sins and ask forgiveness. Ask Him to wash you in the blood of Jesus today and make you worthy.

Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 20-22 (Old Testament), Matthew 6:19-34 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)

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