And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Observation - What does it say?
Recorded in this passage, Isaiah has one of the most incredible visions in all of scripture. John writes about Jesus in John 12:41 when he said, “These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.” Because of this, most scholars agree that the One Isaiah saw on the throne was Jesus, in his glory, long before he entered the world as a man. And this heavenly vision of Jesus is an amazing scene! A huge throne above all others, our Lord and Savior sitting upon it clothed in glory with his robe filling the temple, surrounded by seraphs (literally translated “burning ones”) who lift their voices in fiery chorus, declaring the unmatched holiness of God so loud that the doorposts of the temple shake and fill the temple with smoke. Wow!
Understanding - What does it mean?
Jesus is holy and to be revered. According to Vine Commentary, the triplicate is the strongest way the Hebrew language can express something. This emphatic triplet declared by the seraphim, “holy, holy, holy” underscores God's extreme and unsurpassed level of holiness, an infinite degree of holiness.
The amazing picture of Jesus in Isaiah 6 is vastly different than the picture of Jesus above. According to scripture Jesus has called us friends (John 15:15) and we have been brought into relationship with him (1 Corinthians 1:9). But, this passage is a reminder that Jesus is holy. Jesus is not my homeboy. He is not down on my level. Jesus isn't just “one of the guys.” Jesus is my friend, my best friend, but he is also the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, seated high upon a throne, clothed in glory and surrounded by powerful fiery creatures who day and night declare his holiness. We have unlimited access to him, but that doesn't mean we should approach him without reverence.
Approach Jesus not only as a friend but as a holy God, with reverence and awe.
Jesus, you are holy. You are God. You are enthroned on high and I worship you as Lord over all! Thank you for calling me friend. Thank you for the intimate relationship with you that I’ve been invited into. As I approach you though, may I never come without respect and reverence for your holiness. Amen.