Isaiah takes us from the suffering servant to the King of kings. And yes, you will find this theme reviewed often in my posts. For I believe the more we look to what is coming :
The more strength we receive to live for Him today; The more peace we find today when others are wringing their hands; The more hope we have today when others are hopeless; The more joy is ours today for we know the end of the story.
The Suffering Servant of Isaiah has his day…His eternal day.
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:
for I am God, and there is none else.
I have sworn by myself,
the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness,
and shall not return,
That unto me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.
Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength:
even to him shall men come:
and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.”
The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians Jesus is that one.
“Wherefore God hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
When time is swallowed up in eternity all will witness firsthand the power, wisdom, and glory of the Lord. The brightness of His glory will shine over the whole earth.
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:
and the former shall not be remembered,
nor come into mind…Isaiah 65:17…
Arise, shine; for thy light is come,
and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and gross darkness the people:
but the LORD shall arise upon thee,
and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light,
and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”
Isaiah 60: 1-3
The apostle John saw it all and shared his vision with us.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;
and there was no more sea…Revelation 21:1…
And the city had no need of the sun neither of the moon, to shine in it:
for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the Lamb is the light thereof.
And the nations of them which are saved
shall walk in the light of it:
and the kings of the earth
do bring their glory and honour into it…
And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.”
The invitation to enter into the kingdom of God has gone out to all the world for thousands of years. All are invited, no exclusion. Isaiah sent the invitation over 2500 years ago.
“Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters,
and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?
And your labour for that which satisfieth not? …
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found,
call ye upon him while he is near:”
John sent the invitation a little over 2000 years ago.
“And the Spirit and the bride say,
And let him that heareth say,
And let him that is athirst
And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely.”
Today the invitation still goes out through the bride of Christ. Do you have your wedding garment?
Jesus spoke this parable. I include only a portion, if you want to read the whole you will find it in Matthew 22: 1-14.
“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding:
and they would no come…they made light of it…
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Go…into the highways, and as many as ye shall find,
bid to the marriage…both bad and good…
And when the king came in to see the guest, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?
And he was speechless.
Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
If you don’t have your wedding garment, Jesus has one for you. I’d be glad to show you the way.
For many are called, but few are chosen.”