I Am Holy
“Be ye holy, for I am Holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
The Ark of the Covenant was the ultimate symbol of God’s holiness. Made according to the pattern God gave to Moses, the Ark was a golden chest covered with cherubim, winged creatures thought to be present when God manifested His presence to man in the Holy Place: “Then Moses heard the voice of One speaking unto him from the mercy seat that was upon the Ark of Testimony, from between the two cherubim” (Numbers 7:89).
The fiery cloud above the ark hid the face of God, upon which no man could look. The ark vanished during the reign of Manasseh, and has not been seen to this day. The design of the window depicts the moment when “Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom” (Mark 15:37,38). This was done to show that Jesus had opened the way into the Holy of Holies through the sacrifice of His blood. Because God is holy, sinful men could not enter His presence until Jesus made it possible for us to be “holy and unblamable ... in His sight” (Col. 1:22).
This window was given in honor of Elwyn Gunn.