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Thoughts for the Day

Major Surgery

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

One of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Isaiah 6:6-7

Isaiah knows he should die in the presence of God. Why? Not because God is mean but because he, Isaiah, is sinful—really sinful. Then something strange happens. One of the angels "cauterizes" Isaiah's mouth with a live coal from the altar and says Isaiah is no longer sinful. There is a lot to chew on in this scene, but it strikes me that something very painful does happen to Isaiah, but it cures him.
Isaiah's response after this is one of celebration, not anger or resentment. God saved Isaiah, but it required major surgery to take away his guilt. This makes me marvel even more at the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus suffered the pain of the surgery that has saved my life. I don't ever want to forget the serious nature of my sin, as it is a reminder of the wonder of God's love. This is one surgery we are all privileged to talk about.

Tags: atonement, forgiveness, hope