by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Sayings from the Cross
Stephen Whitney
Matthew 27:45-49

Edward Reynolds wrote, ''God considers His holiness as the true luster of His character, as that by which He will best be known.''

Isaiah 6:2-3 Above the Lord on his throne were the seraphim. Each had six wings; with two they covered their faces and with two they covered their feet and with two they flew. And one called to another and said, ''Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts.''

The threefold repetition is used to emphasize the significance of God's holiness. Above everything else God is absolutely holy.

We are given the same scene in Revelation 4:11 The four living creatures, each of them with six wings . . . day and night they never cease to say, ''Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.''

The hymn Holy, Holy, Holy describes the holiness of God: Only Thou art holy - there is none beside Thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.

I John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Christ and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. Light is a symbol of God's perfect moral character and nature without any defect or sin; it represents his holiness and purity.

Kenneth Wuest translated the verse: ''His nature is light, and darkness in Him does not exist, not even one particle.''

God who is completely holy cannot be in the presence of sin. Adam and Eve were put out of the Garden of Eden when they sinned because they could no longer be in the presence of God.

PHYSICAL DARKNESS :45 The Jewish day began at sunrise which was about 6 am so the sixth hour would be 12 o'clock noon. From 12 noon to 3 pm, when the sun would have been its brightest, darkness came over the earth. Charles Spurgeon wrote, ''It was midnight at midday.'' This darkness was a supernatural darkness because there was a full moon at Passover so it could not have been a solar eclipse and the length of the darkness was much longer than an eclipse would be. ...

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