Pastor’s Pen – April 22nd, 2021

Isaiah 52:7,8 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’. The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice, together they sing for joy, for eye to eye they see the return of the Lord to Zion.”

When we use this phrase “seeing eye to eye”, it’s usually in the negative. For example, “I am sorry to say that we don’t see eye to eye on this issue. Not seeing eye to eye can lead to disagreement. The very nature of the phrase communicates in inequality of stature and power.

What would it take for enemies to start seeing eye to eye. One would have to shift their position. We might imagine one of them raising themselves up to the height of the other. In other words we decide to agree on something.

In the Bible Isaiah shows us two parties who do see eye to eye yet they are as unequal as can be. It’s the Lord and His people.

In these verses God’s comfort involves His turning from anger, His pardon for all of our sins and His mercy upon us. Therefore seeing eye to eye with the Lord is not about raising ourselves up. It is about face-to-face fellowship. How is this possible? Because He has stooped.

Glen Scrivener said, “From this passage we learn about this stooping: the Lord who became a servant, the servant who became a lamb, the lamb who was led to the slaughter. Who can doubt that the Lord wants to comfort us when we see Him join us in our depths.”

In Isaiah 1:18 God stoops to us when he says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

In Isaiah 9:6 we read, “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given…” God gave us His Son I the Incarnation. Therefore He was born as a child. He was also given which means that Jesus Christ is not only God but His gift to us to reconcile us to Himself.

Isaiah 53:6 says, “All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned—every one—to his own way, and the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Here again God has stooped to us in His Son Jesus. He came to our level so that we might see eye to eye with Him. We are sinners and yet He redeemed us. We see this in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should never perish but have everlasting life.” Note the beginning of the verse: God so loved the world. He sent His Son to die for us.

In Philippians 2:7, 8 reads, “But emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

One pastor commented on this verse, “Christ humbled Himself—not, He was humbled. O infinite sublimity, of which it must categorically be true that there was none in heaven or on earth or in the abyss that could humble Him! He humbled Himself. The infinite qualitative

difference between Christ and every other man lies indeed in this, that in every humiliation which He suffers it is absolutely necessary that He Himself should ascent and confirm that He is willing to submit to that humiliation. This is infinite superiority over suffering, but at the same time also suffering infinitely more intense in kind.”

This is how our God through His Son came to see eye to eye with undeserving sinners such as ourselves. This is indeed good news.

Pastor

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