Jerusalem | In the gracious providence of the Lord, our daily readings right now are simultaneously in Isaiah and Revelation. Thus, yesterday, we read in Revelation about the new Jerusalem that will come at the end of this age. In that great and glorious city, all things will be made new and Christ will reign as king eternal and universal. Isaiah also prophesied about the new Jerusalem, calling the people of God to awake from their stupor of sin: “Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city” .
Servant | Just as Revelation sees Jesus sitting on the throne as the Lamb that was slain, Isaiah – seven hundred years before the crucifixion of Jesus – envisions a suffering servant as ruler: “Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you – his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind – so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand” .
Sight | Peter writes that Isaiah and the prophets longed to understand their own prophecies concerning the suffering servant. They were on the lookout for who he would be and when he would come: “The prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories” . Yet there was – and remains – blindness about Jesus’ identify . As Isaiah prophesied, however, the Lord will open eyes to see the Son as the Servant. God will give us eyes to see the majesty of Jesus, who is “the root and descendant of David, the bright morning star” .
Prayer | Lord, Open our eyes to see Jesus as high and lifted up. Recover within us a high view of Christ, as the Spirit shines light on the majesty of Jesus. Give us humility to know that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith and this is not our own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of our works, so that we may not boast . Amen.