I was blessed to open God’s Word at two different churches on June 2nd. The first was in a small village called Lucest, and the second was in Pascani, where I’ve visited in the past.
In the morning, I shared from John 8:48-58, and explained how Jesus claimed to be God by answering that before Abraham was, I Am. The Jewish leaders standing by picked up stones to murder Jesus, because they thought it blasphemous for Jesus to call Himself God.
I concluded my time in the morning by stating the fact that Jesus is God; and asking what does this mean for us? Salvation is the stronghold of the Christians life. We put our faith in Jesus Christ, His life, death, burial, and resurrection, the fact that He is who He says He is, and that the accounts of His life are true. The gospel or Good News is that Jesus came to earth and absorbed God the Father’s wrath concerning sin, for those who take refuge in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our God is one who forgives our sins; those sins are taken away in Christ.
|Nicolae and I during the sermon in Lucest
In the evening I opened up to Isaiah 6:1-7 and expounded on the glory of God, as Isaiah has a vision of God in His throne room.
I shared four big ideas about God’s holiness.
1. God is our Holy King; His Holiness is larger than we can fathom.
God rules and reigns over His creation, and those that call upon Him as Father acknowledge Him also as King. Our worship of God as our Holy King is eternal; those who are Christians will have the joy of worshiping this great King forever!
We see the largeness of God confirmed in the first few verses of chapter 6. The size and immensity of God can be felt but not truly seen in the recording of Isaiah’s vision. We catch only a glimpse of the immensity of God, by the understanding that He is high and lifted up, sitting on a massive throne, with the train of His robe filling the temple. We do not see God directly from this view, but instead feel how large He truly is.
2. We worship God because of His Holiness.
The seraphim are our example here from this text. They are in the throne room of God ministering to Him, but their chief role is to worship. God made us to worship also, and our focus of worship must be upon God because of His holiness. God alone is worthy of worship because of His holiness; his perfection; his absolute moral purity and righteousness. We worship because He is Holy.
3. God cannot permit our un-holiness before Him because He is Holy; a righteous and just judge.
Because God is righteous and a just judge, because of His holiness, He cannot permit any un-holiness in eternity. Unclean lips and hearts separate the non-Christian from God. The good news or Gospel message takes us to #4.
4. In His grace and mercy, Jesus atoned for our sin to make us holy.
Just as God atones for the sin of Isaiah, He has atoned for the sin of all human beings through Jesus Christ. Isaiah did not receive this grace and mercy because of anything that he had done. He received grace and mercy as a gift of God in salvation, just as we do. God is holy and offers His creation eternal life.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV)