Discover the Book - November 24

Jesus Is Holy

"I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on earth."
-Leviticus 11:44, emphasis added

What the Lord said in Leviticus has never changed. In fact, in Revelation 3:7 Jesus identified and introduced himself as: "He who is holy." There is no doubt about it: Jesus wants to remind us that He, as God the Son, is the holy, eternal God of the universe-the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy (Isaiah 57:15, emphasis added).

Although God is referring to dietary laws at the end of Leviticus 11:44, there are worse things than that which "creeps on the earth." Many things on this earth defile us. In stark contrast, however, the preeminent feature of the character of God is holiness. Holiness is utter other-worldliness, a complete detachment from anything that is impure or unclean. There is a great gulf between what we are as fallen, defiled creatures and who God is in His eternal godhood. He is separate from all He has created, which is deteriorating. But God Himself is eternally self-existent; everything else derives its existence from Him.

Nothing will last forever that is not attached to God. When the tornado comes, the earthquake comes, or the plane is crashing, grab hold of that which will last forever: "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones" (Isaiah 57:15). God says that He is holy, but we can dwell with Him. However, the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked" (Isaiah 57:20-21).

The wicked are like the sea churning up mire and dirt, or an overflowing sewer ditch. But the holy infinite God of the universe says that if you are contrite, and humble yourself, He will bring you out of that ditch by His grace (Psalms 40:2) so that you can dwell with Him. That is the wonderful gospel! A miraculous gift!

When your life is almost over, and your last breath is about to be drawn, time will soon cease for you. As all things on earth are fading away, may the words of this fourth stanza of the old hymn, "Rock of Ages," represent your prayerful spirit as you enter eternity.

While I draw my fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

-Augustus M. Toplady (1740-1778)

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