John 12:41… “These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him” (KJV).
Jesus was referring to Isaiah 6:1-10 when He spoke to the disciples. It was in the year King Uzziah died that Isaiah saw the Lord. The story of Uzziah is found in 2 Chronicles 26:1-23. When he was in submission to the Lord, Uzziah prospered. He became mighty and he led his nation into economic prosperity. When Uzziah sought God, he prospered in everything he set his hand to do (and so will we). One day, pride took over and he wanted to rule the various functions of the sanctuary. He stepped out of God’s order and, in one hour, he put a shameful mark on his fifty-two year reign. He went to the temple with chariots and a great procession, but when he came out, he was a leper. Who says that God blesses everyone that comes to church?
Isaiah 6:1… “In the year that king Uzziah died” (KJV). Isaiah comes into the temple and sees the glory of God. As a prophet, he was there to seek a word from God. The earthly king had died, and the nation was in a time of transition. “Now what, Lord?” In Uzziah, Isaiah saw earthly success and prosperity. Now, in the temple, he saw God’s glory, but he also saw himself. How do you respond to God’s presence when it is seen in the church? He saw that God’s importance was greater than his own. He saw God’s fullness and his own emptiness. He saw the angel crying, “Holy, holy, holy.” The angels saw the nature of God, holiness. We too, must see the nature of God when we come into His presence. Often when we come to church, we cry, “Bless me, bless me, bless me.” We may even cry, “Healing, healing, healing.” We come to church and we do not see His glory. We see our needs, but not a revelation of who God is, nor do we see a true revelation of ourselves. We have to respond when God comes to church. We must see what Isaiah saw, and we must respond as Isaiah responded. What did Isaiah see?
a) “I saw also the LORD” (v. 1, KJV)… This must be our first response to His presence in our midst. The word “Lord” here is “Adonay.” It refers to His sovereignty, His headship, and His ownership of the earth and its inhabitants. “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). God is the controller of everything. Isaiah saw God in the glory of His ownership. We too, must see Jesus in His ownership role (John 17:5). We are too accustomed to seeing Jesus as the babe in the manger, as the miracle worker of the Gospels, as the Christ of the cross, and as the resurrected Jesus. He is more–He is the eternal Son of God. Colossians 1:17-19 says, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist . . . For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.” Paul is referring to Christ in His glory before and after creation. Jesus is before all things. He is Lord. He is to be first in everything that we do or think. Like Isaiah, our first focus is to be Jesus.
b) “Sitting upon a throne” (v. 1). Our second response to His presence in our midst is to realize that He reigns. The earthly throne was empty. Did Isaiah think that no one was in charge? Isaiah saw that the Lord was ruling. Psalm 45:6… “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre” (KJV). This is what Isaiah saw, and this must be our response when He comes to visit our assembly. Psalm 16:8… “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” I have set the Lord before me, not after me. He is first, and He is reigning. I will submit to His rulership.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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