“Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!” Mark 1:24
The very word inspires awe. It implies differentiation: the realm of the holy is entirely set apart from the common, the habitual, or/and the profane. It may even be seen as “terrible” or dreadful (Nehemiah 1:5; Psalm 68:35).
There is something about holiness that scares us, and something about a person who claims to be holy that threatens us. People like that make us feel uncomfortable, inferior, unworthy, guilty, and condemned. The less holy we think we are, the farther away from it we want to run.
That’s how some feel about God.
As the Holy One, God is utterly unique, distinct, sacred, and set apart as One of its kind. He alone is worthy of true worship and adoration, since He alone is utterly peerless, without rival, and stands in relation to the world as Creator and Lord.
When He came as a man and walked among us, Jesus remained Holy. Even the demons in Mark 1 shuddered and were afraid. They knew who He was, is and will always be.
Only the Lord is infinitely and eternally Other – know to Himself as “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:15); also claims made through the gospels. To say that God is holy is to affirm that He is uniquely hallowed as utterly sacred.
Jesus is the Holy One.
And just as He is holy, we, too, are called to be holy.
Let me challenge you in this. Can you name any professing believer who has succeeded in business after consecrating their life to that of Jesus Christ?
That challenge is revealing, isn’t it?
If our highest priority in life is to succeed in every other aspect of life, and we do not think we can be successful as committed Christians, we will never desire to be holy or ever yield our lives to Jesus Christ. Some may even ridicule anyone who wants to be holy, and some will certainly not want to hear anything about God’s holiness simply because it makes them uncomfortable. But…if…on the other hand, our highest priority in life is to do God’s will and to bring glory to Him, then we will have much to gain from an understanding of His holiness.
Jesus came so that we could be sanctified; molded into becoming holy. He came so that we too could one day be holy. ‘
Think about it.
We are the holy people of God. We are His children!