Holy One of God

December 16

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 “We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.” John 6:69

One of my greatest fears is that we miss the holiness of advent in the midst of the secular…

That we fail to see Jesus for all He is…

That I personally do not make enough of Him.

In complete transparency, holiness is a frightening thing to me.

Immediately I am reminded of Isaiah 6:3, “ Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”

The prophet Isaiah’s description of heaven is formidable to say the least…amazing, terrifying, and beautiful. The ethereal picture of the whole temple filled with smoke and shaking evokes awe within me. When Isaiah saw God seated upon His throne, surrounded by worshipping angels, he fell to the ground filled with terror. His uncleanness before a Holy God shattered him.

There are moments, rare  exquisite moments when, like Isaiah, I have brief glimpses of His holiness, and I am undone.

Just as God is holy, Jesus is holy as well. The holiness of Jesus completely sets Him apart from everything and everyone. Morally perfect, He cannot sin, and He will not tempt anyone else to sin. Jesus defeated sin. Is it any wonder He was hated by the self-righteous religious elite of His day?  In His presence, they were hopelessly convicted.  Even demons feared their very existence before Him.

And yet…

For those of us who love Him, there is no need to fear. His sacrifice covered our sins at the point of salvation, and that sacrifice is a continual daily provision for cleansing so that we are able to stand holy and blameless before a Holy God.

Confession… a daily yielding of control over our lives to Him…

Each time we do this, we grow in His holy likeness…

Precious Jesus, You are the Holy One of God, but You are my Savior. You are all that You are and You are still approachable. I can only praise You… Like the angels standing around Your throne, I join them in singing, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD God almighty, who was and is and is to come!” May my every word and action be an act of worship to You.

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