Friends, we have 6 more days together in this Lent Devotion Series. Today begins Holy Week in the Liturgical Church calendar. Thursday is usually a church event featuring The Lord’s Supper and remembering Jesus’ last supper with His disciples. Then Friday is known as Good Friday and there are church services to remember Jesus’ last hours. Saturday is a vigil where people are waiting and then at sunrise on Sunday, most Christian churches begin their biggest services of the year and celebrate that Christ is Risen.
Today, I thought we would just consider God’s Word on Holiness.
If you remember back to Rest Is Not Optional, you will also remember that God made one day of the week Holy.
“‘I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people. “‘Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.” Leviticus 20 : 6 – 8
I know it is impossible for us to be holy without the blood of Christ, but it is repeated throughout Scripture that we are to live holy lives, so obviously God wants us to make every attempt at it.
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” 2 Timothy 1 : 9
I don’t recall reading this Scripture before. But we know that all of the practices for atonement for sin in the Old Testament were a fore shadow of what Jesus would do for our sin when He died. So it definitely matters that His blood was spilled as it would be in the offerings of old.
“The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.” Hebrews 13 : 11 – 13
Paul encourages the Thessalonians:
In Ever Ready, we were looking at the first part of this Scripture, but the second part tells us to live holy lives.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.” 2 Peter 3 : 10 – 12
In heaven, we will be in a Holy City!