Updated: Nov 22
‘And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
Isaiah 6:3 ESV
“Holy” is a word that fully describes God and all His Wonder. Quadowsh (kaw-doshe) is the Hebrew word for “Holy” in Isaiah 6. Quadowsh means “sacred, holy, set apart.” God is set apart from all creation. He is completely unique. When God created Earth, He made a place where His Holiness could dwell with His creation; a place where His Presence could exist in full Glory. He created man to live in His Holy Presence. Eden was our perfect and safe home, but Adam and Eve didn't trust God. They chose to follow their own wisdom. How many times have we done that? As a good friend said, “Do not be wise in your own eyes.” I want to follow God’s wisdom fully. When Eden became something of the past, God already had a plan for the future. He had mercy and Grace. We were created to stay, worship, and live in God's Holy Presence. To stay in such a place, we need to be as pure as that Presence, or its Goodness may destroy us. The Goodness is so blinding and so powerful that any blemish on us would not withstand it. The only thing that could forever cover our sin and impurity is a sacrifice as pure and Holy as the Creator Himself.
Please take a moment and watch this video on Holiness
God’s Holiness is unique, powerful, and the source of life. “If you are impure, His presence is dangerous to you, not because it’s bad but because it is so good,” -Tim Mackie, The Bible Project. This one line put my need for Jesus in perspective. I saw Jesus in a new light. I had a realization of who God is, how much He loves us, and that He would do anything for us to be with Him. Jesus came and made it possible for us to be in the presence of the Holy God. Wow, God sent His son to die to make sure we would know Him. Jesus came, covered sin, and He invited God’s Holy Presence into our world.
God’s Holiness, in the Old Testament, was in the tabernacle. During Atonement, a priest sprinkled blood on the top of the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat. God’s presence directly dwelled above the Ark; it was His throne here on Earth. When blood was sprinkled on the Ark, the sins of the people of Israel were covered. God no longer saw the sin. The blood of the pure animal sacrifices physically covered the corruption and the laws they so willingly broke. And because of that sacrifice, God had mercy on them once again. Each year, there was a day of Atonement--a temporary covering--until Jesus came along. Jesus’ blood became the covering over the Earth’s sin, all people’s sin. His blood is the physical barrier between Earth and God. Jesus’ complete and pure sacrifice was sufficient because He was and is as pure and Holy as our Holy God, Jesus is God. God is three in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus was there when the Earth was created; in Him is the light of life. He gave His life and rose again so we could stand in the presence of God. Not because we deserve to, but because God loves us.
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:1-5 NIV
"16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
Jesus was and is the only sacrifice pure enough to cover all sin. Can you imagine being Eternal and Creator, choosing to walk as your Creation? Choosing to die--something you were never meant to encounter as the eternal one? Willing to go through thirty-three years holding back your Holy Eternal power. Jesus’ unlimited power was always an option, but He chose humility and sacrifice. All of this to take on the pain and suffering of His rebellious creation! God's love is so great! He allowed His purity to come to us through grace, the unearned, undeserved, love, and favor of God. God's holiness is His complete and utter uniqueness from all things. He is unexplainable. When we take the time to look at Holiness, we open the doors for a new perspective on Jesus: a renewing and refreshing.
Over the next eight weeks, we will focus on Jesus. The last four weeks are focusing on Advent. Many Christians view Advent as a fun calendar countdown or maybe as a Catholic or Methodist tradition. Advent is so much more than candy and a ritual. Advent is a season of remembrance and anticipation. It’s a season all about Jesus. Jesus, the Holy One, the only one who can save us.
Knowing God's holiness and how vital Jesus is, leads to Advent. Twenty-four days of Jesus, we celebrate His Second Coming and His birth. Each week has a focus: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Hope for a future with Jesus in eternity, Peace in our hearts as we anticipate His renewal of Heaven and Earth, Joy of celebrating the Creator of the universe coming to Earth as a man, and Love: seeing and knowing the sacrifice Jesus made and God's great love for us. Advent brings me so much hope, peace, joy, and love. I take 24 days of gratitude to pray and fast. If you want to go deeper into daily Advent and the fun traditions, follow this link; CLICK HERE! Advent takes a bit of preparation; please follow the link, and get started on a new journey with Jesus. Find out why there are candles and a wreath and find links to Great study tools. Advent leads us back to the great Holiness of God.
Please join me next week as we tackle our conscience. Conscience dictates what we believe is right and wrong. For many of us, our conscience isn't Biblically based, it is experience-based. We will look at the conscience, how it is different from the Holy Spirit, and how Christ can redeem it. Conscience leads to what we do and how we do it. Let's rewire our conscience to line up with God and His word. All in preparation for our coming King.
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