What Isaiah Saw
In our reading, (Isaiah 5-8), we are able to look through the prophet’s eyes and see the Lord (Isaiah 6:1). Isaiah was first overwhelmed with God’s holiness but very soon shifted to his shameful sin. He confessed his sinfulness, his unclean lips. The seraph brought a burning coal and touched his mouth. Isaiah heard the assuring words, “…your guilt is taken away, your sin is atoned for” (Isaiah 6:7 ESV).
This is the gospel message in visual form. God is holy. I am sinful. He atones for my sin by the work of His Son Jesus Christ. He takes away my guilt. I am His. He can use me.
This is the gospel in all its fullness. Awareness of sin should lead us to repentance, not to doubt or further rebellion. Our need is great and it takes Jesus’ intervention on our behalf to atone for us and to remove our guilt. But that is exactly what He has done for His people. Believe Him. Trust His work and His truth. Be ready for His service.
A Famous Sermon
If you have never heard or seen it, please take time to watch Dr. RC Sproul’s sermon “Holy, Holy, Holy” on this passage.
[For more reflections on this passage, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].