Taken Away

Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzzi′ah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:

“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 flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which 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 forgiven.” 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Most of us try it at some point in our journey towards God:  we try to feel close to God being good enough, by always getting it right.  Inevitably we fail.  We get discouraged.

Notice how Isaiah was drawn near to God:  it wasn’t because he became a better person or improved himself in any way.  It was because his guilt was taken away, his shortcomings forgiven.  He became close to God because of what God did for him, not because of what he did for himself.

This Sunday we gave thanks how that in Jesus’ sacrifice God has removed any barrier that would come between us and him, even the barriers of our own making.

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