Summary: This is the second sermon in a three part series on the Holiness of God.
Last Sunday morning I spoke to you about the Holiness of God. I focused on the holiness of God the Father. This morning I would like to focus our thoughts on the holiness of the Son – Jesus Christ.
The holiness of the Father is expressed in Exodus 3:5 where Moses is told: “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”
The holiness of the Son is expressed in Hebrews 10:22: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
The holiness of the Father and the holiness of the Son is contrasted by the “Take off your shoes…” in Exodus and Jesus saying “Let me wash your feet.”
“The holiness of God is expressed in the law and in the prophets; in the judgments of God; in the history of His people; in His redemptive plan; and in the glories of Heaven; but nowhere else is it seen so clearly and so beautifully as in the Person of His Son.”
Through Jesus Christ we are able to come near to God. He is our Mediator. Because of Jesus Christ we find in Hebrews 10:19-22 that we are able to have “boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
Christ is the mediator required in order to communicate the holiness of God to humanity. John 1:18 says of God, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared Him.”
This morning I want to try to speak to you about the Holiness of God the Son – Jesus Christ. In the New Testament Jesus is specifically described as holy nine times and the idea of His holiness is constant throughout the New Testament. In Hebrews 2:11 we are told that Christ is the One “who sanctifies” His brethren. He sanctifies His brethren by His sacrifice (10:10) in which He enters the Holy of Holies with His won blood and opens the way for those who follow Him (Hebrews 10:14-22) He who sanctifies other must himself by holy and Jesus Christ was holy.
Let us look at Jesus Christ and how His holiness applies to us.
I. Jesus’ Life – The Perfect Example of Holiness for Us.
In Jesus Christ all of the elements of the Father’s holiness are found: majesty, perfection, love, and separation from sin.
Hebrews 7:26 tells us, “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.” In Jesus Christ we find all of the qualities of divine holiness, but they are part of the Person of our Great High Priest (Jesus) whose duty was to go before the Presence of God and come to man and to mediate between the two of us. He is Immanuel “God with us” and because of this holiness draws nigh to us.
It’s important for us to understand that Jesus lived His life with the same resources we have for holy living. He never used His deity to help Him live a holy life. He never performed a miracle to overcome temptation. When He was being tempted by the Devil, the Devil continually tried to get Jesus to use a miracle in the time of temptation yet Jesus refused. Why? If Jesus would have used a miracle for Himself He would not be our example for when we are tempted.
How did Jesus remain holy?
• By the Word of God.
• By a life of prayer.
• By the fullness of the Spirit.
What is my point? The point is this: when we read of Jesus’ life we read of a life which is a perfect example for us. He lived a holy life and we too can live a holy life.
He showed us the same life of faith which we must live. The faith of Christ was shown by the fact that He never acted in self interest. His perfect knowledge was submitted to the guidance from His Father. His individual will was submitted voluntarily to the perfect will of the Father. If we want to live a holy life we must follow His example. Whenever we deny our own self-will to do the will of the Father we are bearing the cross of Jesus. God’s will must be first in our life. In this Jesus was our perfect example.