Sun, 14 February 2016
February 7, 2016
A Burning Coal
Synopsis: There are people who walk on burning coals, but most of us are happy to bypass that experience. Imagine what it would have been like to be Isaiah when he was approached by a flaming creature with a burning coal from the altar beneath the throne of God (Isaiah 6:1-13). And yet that is what Isaiah needed to be forgiven. What are you willing to do to be forgiven? Isaiah confessed “Everything I say is sinful.” Forgiveness starts with confession, the realization that we are not in a right relationship with God or God’s will for our lives. Then comes cleansing from the burning coal. Could you stand still for that type of cleansing? Would you? Why is that so important, because we all have an appointment with God (Hebrews 9:27-28).
Jesus is our burning coal. John the Baptist said Jesus was the one who came to “baptize with fire.” He calls on us to trust Him so that we might find the fullness of life, but He is also the one who calls us to take up our cross and follow Him.
Text (CEV): Isaiah 6:1-8; Hebrews 9:27-28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 138:6-8