The Visit

Various Passages

If we want to have our breath taken away by what God has done, we must first have our breath taken away by who God is. This is what happened to a few people in the Old Testaments when they caught just a glimpse of who God is. Let me mention a couple. Moses asks God, “Please, show me your glory.” God has to wedge Moses into a rock and shield Moses with His hand so he doesn’t get blown off the mountain by God’s glory. Moses catches just a sliver of God’s glory, barely a faint glow, and it lit Moses up. Exodus 34 says, “The skin of Moses’ face was shining.” How holy and sacred is a God who can only show you a tiny survivable portion of an afterglow of His glory because anything more will blow you off a mountain and light you up like a burning bush? Then in Isaiah 6, Isaiah has a vision of the LORD. Not only did Isaiah get absolutely undone by the holiness and radiance of the Most High God just seeing a vision of God and hearing the voice of God, but Isaiah hit the deck and cried out “Woe is me!” Think about this. Compared to me and probably you, Isaiah is an amazing guy. And yet Isaiah, a godly man, catches a glimpse of God’s holiness and perfections, and he knows, “I’m a goner.” This is God: the One Moses witnessed, the One Isaiah had a vision of. This is still God. God is still holy. He’s still infinitely perfect and powerful and beautiful. God didn’t change His character or His holiness or His perfection when He took on flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus is the same God. It’s awesome that Jesus was a baby, absolutely. That’s part of the incarnation. But He is now seated on the Throne of all thrones, the King of all kings. You’ve got to see this God to grasp the wonder of John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory.”


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