Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.
Isaiah here shares with us the story of his commissioning as a prophet. But the focus isnt on himself. Its on the one seated on the throne. The Lord is high and exalted, with the train of his robe filling the temple. The temple represents Gods presence among his people. As the angels in Isaiahs vision sing, they remind each other (and us) that Gods awesome glory fills the whole earth. The Lords majestic presence isnt just a temple experience. It extends beyond the court of heaven to fill the entire creation!
When we go to Johns gospel, we find that this passage about Isaiahs commissioning includes a prophetic dimension. Isaiahs prophecy spoke of Gods glory extending from the temple into all the world. And several hundred years later, our Savior stood by the temple and declared that he himself was the temple of God! Destroy the temple of his body and that temple would be raised in three days, he said (see John 2:18-22). In fact, Gods glory was revealed supremely in the hour that Jesus was lifted up on a cross to pay the ransom price for our sin (see John 12:23-33).
This glory of the Savior has now shone forth to peoples everywhere. And today Christs Spirit lives and works in us so that we ourselves have become Gods temple. Is the glory of Christ shining forth from you?
“Holy, holy, holy! LORD God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.” We acknowledge your holiness, Lord, and we worship you today. Amen.
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