[SW308] 12/15/2017 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2017
To See His Glory
How wonderful that the Lord SHALL reveal His glory (kabod) — His very weightiness and power and presence! He shall, to you, in you and through you!
And how wonderful that He would send someone to His people to tell them what they must do, in order to see it! Isaiah, then John the Baptist, then Jesus Christ, and then apostles and prophets and evangelists and pastors and teachers!
Last time, I spoke of the light of the Lord’s glory coming to those who were in absolute darkness.
Why should you care? Maybe you want nothing to do with Jesus, like I did. But in the Lord’s great kindness, you will find yourself in a place where there is nowhere to look but up. Oh dear one, when you do, you will see His salvation, and His glory will be revealed, just as it was to me!
Text: Isaiah 40:3-5 (King James Version)
Isaiah 40:3 A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.”
Who are those who hear a voice calling? God’s people! They are far away from their God, but a voice is calling, to tell them how to draw near again!
They are in the wilderness, in the desert, symbolic of absence from the presence of God. They are in a spiritually parched place, with no supply of the Lord’s living water. But the Lord will bring good from it. How can that be?
In order for His people to understand their spiritual condition and turn to Him, the Lord places them in deserts and wildernesses, where they have no help but Him! And that is the key!
So what must they do, according to the voice that is calling?
Prepare ye the way, in the King James Version! Make straight the way for our God! Our God! Prepare, make straight! He is speaking to His people in their deserts!
Those were the words of Isaiah, the words of John the Baptist, the words of Jesus, and the words of all who serve Him with a pure heart!
I am calling today, just as John the Baptist called in the days when Jesus walked the earth (Matthew 3:3, 8 & 11) —
Matthew 3:3 John the Baptist said, “For this (Jesus) is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight!’”
He is coming! He will come when you least expect Him. He says to His disciples, “Be ready!” (See Matthew 24:44.)
Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up at the proper time (1Peter 5:6)! Then He will reveal His glory to you, in you and through you, just as He did with me!
Matthew 3:8 “Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance . . .”
Repent from your sin! Repentance does not mean, “I’m sorry, God,” but it means turning from your sin, and bearing the fruit of repentance — a sudden change in the way you live.
The fruit of repentance must be evident in you, as with Zaccheus in Luke 19:8, who promised to pay back fourfold those whom he had cheated, and give half of what he owned to the poor!
When you bear the fruit of repentance, you are on the path to see His glory, just as I was, when I repented and bore its fruit!
Matthew 3:11 “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Ask Jesus Christ to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire, and He will burn away the sin nature in you, the nature that put you in your wilderness, in your desert! Then you will see His glory, just as I did! He will fill you with His Spirit, His divine nature (character), and you will no longer rebel against Him.
Prepare ye the way! These words are a gift to those with ears to hear!
What happens when you humble yourself by repenting (turning away) from your sin that put you in your parched spiritual desert)?
Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain . . .
By you? My NASB reads, “Let every valley . . . but the word “let” might mislead you into thinking you can do it. But it is impossible for any human being to do! Your part is to repent and humble yourself. If you do, you SHALL be exalted! The Lord Himself will lift you up!
And when you repent and humble yourself, every mountain and hill, every high place in your heart, all your pride SHALL be made low, sinking to nothingness. The Lord will do it!
And when you repent and humble yourself, the crooked in your heart SHALL be made straight. Everything crooked in you will be straightened by the Lord!
Remember that I said the Word of God is like a plumb line, used by builders to determine if something is crooked or straight? May this word be your plumb line, and if you find you are crooked, may you repent and humble yourself, for surely, He will make you straight!
Then you SHALL see the glory of the Lord! He will do it! What a gift!
I keep saying “humble yourself.” Why? It is the state of heart that the Lord will not despise (scorn). Listen to King David’s prayer of repentance, when he repented from the depths of his heart and humbled himself before the Lord, after the seer Nathan called him out on his sin with Bathsheba and his complicit murder of her husband, Uriah —
Psalm 51:16 For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering . . . (outward acts of contrition).
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken (shattered, crushed) spirit;
A broken and a contrite (crouching) heart, O God, You will not despise (He will not scorn those who repent from the heart).
Do as David did, and you SHALL experience the glory of the Lord! He will do it!
The Lord searches the heart and examines the mind —
Jeremiah 17:10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” (NIV 1984)
Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
And if you have done these things, what will happen?
Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Because the LORD has spoken it, the glory of the Lord be revealed, and all flesh see it? When He speaks, it will be done!
This is a prophecy brought to pass many times, for His glory will surely be revealed to you and in you and through you, if you repent and humble yourself.
Jesus has already revealed His glory (John 1:14).
Peter, John and James saw it on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:2).
The 120 in the upper room were filled with His glory when they were filled with His Holy Spirit (Acts 2).
Paul saw His glory on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6).
And even today, for all believers who repent and humble themselves, God’s purpose is that you see His glory NOW!
But on the last day, all flesh SHALL see His glory, His kabod, His weighty presence. You may ask, then, who cares about repentance and humbling, since everyone will see His glory anyway?
Because that last day will be the day of judgment for those who have refused to repent and humble themselves before Him. They will see His glory, and then they will be judged for rejecting Him.
But if you have prepared the way in your heart by repenting and humbling yourself, the last day will be a day for righteousness to be revealed — God’s righteousness in saving you from His wrath, and His righteousness with which He has filled you!
It will be revealed to the whole earth, on that day, that the Lord has made the crooked straight in you, and that His glory is in you —
1Peter 1:5 who are protected by the power of God through faith, for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Romans 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
When He reveals His glory to the whole earth, your salvation will be seen, your adoption as sons and daughters, your redemption will be revealed to the world! It is so easy, and yet so hard for us to give ourselves up to the Lord. I know from my own experience. But do it, and you will see and be filled with His glory!