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📖Isaiah 6:4-5 (ESV)
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!”
This was Isaiah’s conclusion when he found himself before the holy God. He immediately recognized how sinful his actions were before the perfect and just Creator. He felt doomed, exclaiming, “Woe is me!” Understanding that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God is crucial in realizing our absolute need for a Savior. Like Isaiah, we have rebelled against God, and from the fall of man until today, everyone born is tainted with sin, except Jesus. So, what does this mean for us? The penalty for sin is death, and there are only two options: either we pay for it ourselves, or we need someone else to pay for it. The Bible is clear—Jesus is the only one capable of paying the price for our rebellion against the holy God. It took the holy, blameless, spotless Lamb of God to atone for man’s sin. Fortunately, when we repent and trust in Him alone, He is willing to forgive us. This is the great doctrine of substitution. He does for us what God did for Isaiah—He cleanses and reconciles us unto Himself. In Isaiah’s case, an angel with tongs carried a hot coal to touch his mouth. Similarly, God cleanses us by sending His Son to touch our hearts, making us a new creation in Christ. The salvation offered to sinful man is incredibly great, even though we are undeserving. This is unmerited grace, and it's why we can experience absolute joy in His salvation.
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