Trinity Week – Saturday
I saw the Lord. – Isaiah 6:1.
In the year that King Uzziah died, the Prophet Isaiah, in a vision in the Temple, saw “the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it [the throne] stood the seraphim; each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.’ And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke” (vv. 1b-4). The Lord, the invisible Spirit, in this vision assumed a human form. He likewise gave form and voice to the seraphim, the exalted spirits, the angels. With God, who works all things, this is not impossible. But what does the Apostle John say through the Holy Spirit? John says that Isaiah “saw His glory and spake of Him” (John 12:41).
Whose glory did Isaiah see, and of whom did he speak? Isaiah saw Jesus’ glory and spoke of Jesus, the eternal Son of the Father, who at that time had not yet become man. Learn here, O Christian, that Jesus, the Son of the Father, came forth from out of the Holy Trinity to “declare” (John 17:26; see also John 1:18) that God to you. In Jesus, God reveals Himself to you. In Jesus, you know God. You must form no thoughts about the will of God toward you beyond what you see in Jesus and hear from Him. If you know Jesus aright from His Word, you know God aright. On this blessed knowledge you may rest your faith in life and in the hour of death. The knowledge of Jesus, and hence the knowledge of God in Jesus, is a saving knowledge. Jesus, God, is your Savior. So shall you behold your Lord and your only Savior!
PRAYER – Lord, great and unsearchable God, with all my heart I thank Thee that, in Jesus, Thou didst reveal Thyself to me, and would have me know and embrace Thee in Jesus, and firmly believe that Thou art like Jesus. Jesus is my dear, merciful Redeemer and Savior, in whom I have placed all my confidence. And so, I trust in Thee, O great and most gracious God, Savior, Redeemer! Keep and preserve me, by Thy grace, in such faith and trust! Amen.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning, our song shall rise to Thee;
holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty;
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!
Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee;
casting down their golden crowns, around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim, falling down before Thee;
which wert and art, and evermore shalt be.
(Hymn 246, st. 1-2; TLH)