Truth Be Told

Isaiah 6

4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.  5 Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.…

There is a truth that exist that is world shaping and heart changing. A truth that when encountered you are left forever changed, there is no going back only forward. It does nothing to enhance or enrich your ideals of self and of the world around you.   It literally destroys those ideals and sets forth not new ones but the only ones that have ever existed.  This truth shakes you through your core and removes the foundation on which you presently stand.  As you fall to what seems to be your certain doom, this same truth that has collapsed your kingdom on top of you, rescues you.  It’s like walking through life and then all of a sudden time stands still.  When you are at that moment frozen and you are presented with the fate of your current journey.  You are shown the guaranteed horrific end of the course you so confidently walk. And then it grips you, moving you with such force that it takes your breath away and you feel like you are still dying.  You are then placed on a path that is different but strangely familiar, as if it’s were you have always been meant to be.  You are now were you want to be but you never knew it until now. As you walk, taking turns, trying to cut corners, up and down hills and through deadly valleys; the destination is still the same and forever guaranteed.  Your new end is no end at all but a beginning that starts and is always refreshed.

This is the truth of God, the crushing of pride and the unraveling of the power of the flesh and sin.  For Isaiah it happened before the throne of God; as his encounter opened his eyes to the reality of his standing before a Holy God.  Isaiah’s preferences, ways of doing things, personal standards, achievements, knowledge, wisdom, experiences, reputation, integrity, character, and his idea of God; they all fall apart and were worthless.  He was erased and reloaded, never again to hold that same views and never again to desire the old self.  We can’t all see the Lord that way, so we have the Cross of Christ; the Gospel.  Before it we see the extent of the holiness of God.  A holiness that would go as far as the Word of God becoming flesh, dwelling amongst us, living the Law of God without sin,  loving sinful men, and being obedient to the Heavenly Father unto death on the despised cross.  How holy must God be, how important is His justice, and how great is the integrity of His name to give His only Son to uphold His name?  Before the cross and at the empty tomb, we see just how weighty and glorious His love and mercy is.  Instead of us all being nailed to that very cross, instead of us suffering the humiliation, instead of us receiving the beating to the brink of death, instead of us being ridiculed, spat on, stripped of not just our clothing but of dignity, instead of us being made a spectacle, and instead of us having the spear run through us; Christ endured.  He was buried in a borrowed tomb and was raised from the dead and our faith on Him gives us a destination on a path that is guaranteed.  But the Cross and empty Tomb goes a step further; everything Christ rightly earned is freely given to those who look to Him and no longer to self for:  “preferences,  ways of doing  things, standards, achievements, knowledge, wisdom, experiences, reputation, integrity, character, and  a understanding of God is”.  Are we ready to be unraveled?  Are we ready to be ruined and undone?  Maybe not if what we have now, we believe to be better than the heavenly things and having God Himself.  Once we see the Lord, there is no other choice.  It’s like having a world class vacation with the perfect weather.  It will haunt you to no end and you will spend a life time chasing it.  But God will not run away when you seek after Him, He draws near.

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