Cleansing for hateful hearts and unclean lips

This is the time of year, when we, as a church family, pause and ask ourselves: who are we? What do you stand for? Where are we going? What is the identity, mission, and vision of Mosaic Boston?

The text I'm choosing for our annual vision sermon is Isaiah 6, where Isaiah gets a glimpse of God on his throne. Isaiah is a young man in this text, and he is has a profound encounter with the Lord. He sees God on the throne, and God's glory fills the heavens and the earth. Angels surround God, and cry out: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory." As soon as Isaiah receives a vision of God, he is humbled by God's greatness and realizes how sinful he is, especially compared to God's holiness, so he cries out: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!" 

As soon as Isaiah confesses his sin, one of the Angels takes a burning coal and touches Isaiah's mouth with it and says, "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin is atoned for." Isaiah's lips were unclean because his heart was unclean, so in order to cleanse his lips, God also cleanses his heart.  In Luke 6:45, Jesus said, "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." Our words are a reflection of our hearts. Where can we find healing for our hateful hearts and unclean lips? Only through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. 

No matter how much we progress in our culture, it seems that we just can't solve the issue of hate. Hate is all around us, and manifests itself with hateful speech. How can we overcome it? In the words of the great Martin Luther King Jr., "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." We can only drive out hate with love, beginning with God's love driving hate out of our own hearts. 

Our mission at Mosaic Boston is to help people get a vision of God, and so understand their need for spiritual cleansing from the Savior Jesus Christ, and join the mission of God helping others do the same. After Isaiah's heart and lips are cleansed he hears God say: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then Isaiah said, "Here I am! Send me." Join us tomorrow as we look at this glorious passage!

Praying for you!
Pastor Jan