I have been considering the promises to Israel contained in Isaiah 40. Often I have thought of the foreshadowing of the Baptist and also of the Good Shepherd, and of relief to the weary and the waiting. Imagine a blessed time when the lowly would be exalted, the haughty brought low, the crooked and perverse made straight and the rough and abrasive made plain! (vv. 3-5) That is focal to the Gospel!
But today verse 25 leapt out at me:
To whom will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Certainly Jehovah is far greater than the graven or carved idols; than the princes of men; than His own creation; than the impulsive and energetic young men (v. 30).
The eternal ages past had only hinted at the secret of His fellows in the other two members of the Trinity; the Eternal Son and the Eternal Spirit. And at the Advent the Lord was about to release to mankind the message of His Son ‘in whom He was/and is well pleased’.
To those who could discover this secret a whole new understanding of the love and sympathy and approachability of Jehovah would be unlocked. Who ‘displays the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person’? The first four chapters of the Letter to the Hebrews are filled with the delight of this revelation. None other than God the Son. They conclude with the following two verses:
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Let earth receive her King.