Isaiah Spoke of Christ when He Saw His Glory

by Frank Jones


These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him. (John 12:41)

"One angle on God’s kingship given in Isaiah 40–55 is the recognition of Yahweh’s supremacy as saviour, creator, commander of destiny and temple builder in contrast to wannabes. If he is supreme in all of these areas, he is the rightful king of everything, according to [Ancient Near East] logic. As we step into the wider canonical context, we find many of these same realities in the person of Jesus Christ. John’s Gospel affirms that it was through Jesus that all things were made (John 1:3). Or, as Paul puts it, ‘For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him’ (Col. 1:16, niv).

Not only is Jesus supreme in his role in creation, but we also see his power in salvation. On earth, Jesus cast out demons, calmed storms and overcame illness. In his death and resurrection Jesus broke ‘the power of him who holds the power of death’ (Heb. 2:14, niv), overcame death, attained forgiveness of sins through cancelling our debts and condemnation at the cross (Col. 2:14), and triumphed over all powers and authorities (Col. 2:15). What is more, Jesus is the sovereign one who holds the destinies of his churches in his hands (Rev. 1:20), who can unleash the seals of the scroll of destiny (Rev. 6), and who has all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18) to build his church (Matt. 16:18). When read in this canonical context, the rhetorical argument asserting that YHWH is the supreme king as creator, saviour, commander of destiny and temple builder in Isaiah 40–55 bears witness to the church’s profession that Jesus Christ is Lord, for he is one with the God spoken of in Isaiah." ( Abernathy, Andrew. The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom, 81)