This message was part of the ‘Isaiah’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in early 2020.
This sermon was based on Isaiah 6:1-8.
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for 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!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Trying to actually grasp how holy God is is actually impossible, He is so holy to the extreme that it is not actually possible for us to comprehend the lengths of His holiness. The word Holiness is means “set apart, holy, sacred, clean and morally pure”. God is set apart, set apart from sin, thus He is holy.
- The Old Testament is full of examples of God’s Holiness. The angels declare it, Moses cannot be seen by the people after experiencing it,
God’s Holiness is awesome, powerful, perfect, pure and set apart.
- We just can’t compete with God’s holiness. On our own merit there is no way that we can be with God, He is too holy and we are too ridiculously unholy. Nothing we can do can move us to anywhere near God’s holiness.
We cannot be holy like God, it is impossible through our own works. Our sweetest prayer, our kindest gesture, all like filthy rags. Can’t work your way to being holy.
We are lacking as humans, at fault, sinning. Pretty poor, I mean look around the world and in our own lives and we can see how unholy we are.
Jesus the Solution
When we acknowledge our ineptness then that enables us to realise how much we need Jesus.
- Jesus’ sacrifice made the impossible relationship become possible. The actions of Jesus on the cross are almost like bridging the void between us unholy people and God the ulitimate holiness.
Jesus was and is the solution to the problem of our unholiness. He is as we see reflected in the meaning of Isaiah’s own name, our salvation.