Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."Isaiah 40:5(NASB)
God's message of grace and comfort towards His people, weaves its way throughout the Scriptures like a golden thread. It mingles with the blood-red stream that flows from the veins of God's only begotten Son Who alone could pay the enormous price for the sin of the world by shedding His lifeblood on our account.
But first, the eternal Son of God must be born into the human race as the perfect Son of Man. God the Son, must first set aside His glory and be born into the race that He created – yet He was to be born without Adam's imputed sin and man's inherited, fallen nature.
Only the shed blood of a sinless Man would satisfy God's fierce wrath against the evils of humanity's sin, and Israel was chosen to be the one nation through whom this Saviour – the Son of God, would come. He was heaven's Prince of Peace Whom God anointed to be their King of kings. THEY were His chosen people who were to tell the wonderful message of salvation to a cursed, Gentile world which was drowning in sin. But Israel failed in their mission which would eventually result in the rejection of God's anointed King and the crucifixion of their Messiah. Punishment for their failure, apostasy, idolatry, and rebellion would be the outcome.
For nearly 40 chapters, Isaiah railed against Israel's apostasy, idolatry, and rebellion (past, present, and future) and fierce judgement for their failure would be the consequence. BUT although Israel broke covenant with God, the silken thread of His goodness, grace, and comfort continued to be woven into the history of Israel – which would finally produce an amazing tapestry of salvation for every human life who would trust His Word.
God in His grace, sent His only begotten Son to pay the enormous price for their sin and the sin of the whole world, and in Isaiah chapter 40, this great prophet of Israel begins to write his beautiful, prophetic words of comfort to God's people which would eventually be manifested in the birth, life, and sacrifice of the incarnate Word of God. Through this heavenly Person, the glory of the LORD was revealed when Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man, was born into the human race to save His people from their sin.
The glory of the Lord was revealed at Christ's First Coming, which resulted in His death, burial, and Resurrection from the dead, through which He made purification for our sins. He is the image of the invisible God. He is the radiance of God's perfect glory. He is the exact representation of Almighty God's holy nature, and He upholds all things by the Word of His omniscient power.
And one day, all flesh will see it together – at His Second Coming. On that day, Jesus will return with all His holy ones, at the end of the 70th week of Daniel. All flesh will see Jesus returning to earth in the clouds of glory at the end of the Great Tribulation, when this Prince of Peace is finally acknowledged as King of Israel and returns to take up His rightful position as KING of kings when He sets up His Millennial Kingdom – for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.
Heavenly Father, what an amazing plan of redemption that God the Son should set aside His eternal, heavenly glory, and be born into His own creation so that His sinless lifeblood which pulsed through His human veins, could be shed as the full and final payment for the sin of the whole world. Thank You that His glory was revealed at His first coming, and that by faith in His sacrificial death and glorious Resurrection, I have His Holy Spirit indwelling my body. Praise Your holy name that although He was rejected as Your anointed King at His first advent, the day is coming when, as Prince of Peace, He will return to earth to be crowed as King of Israel and Lord of the whole earth. Thank You that a day is coming when Israel will recognise the Lord Jesus as their King, when He returns in power and great glory to set up His eternal kingdom. In Jesus' name, AMEN.