"… Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8b
Early in the book of Isaiah, we are given a view of a momentous episode in the prophet’s life. It began with the death of King Uzziah, the tenth King of Judah. This death ushered in a time of uncertainty, change and doubt for all for under his influence. During this time, Isaiah was given a vision, one which change and transform him. In the vision, he saw the Sovereign Lord in all his majesty situated in His rightful place as the ruler of His creation. The glimpse given to the prophet chastened and humbled him to the point that he could only cry out, “Woe is me.” Isaiah’s encounter with God left him with a true understanding of his own sinful condition. As the vision continues, we observe that one act by God removed Isaiah’s guilt and atoned for his sin. In his forgiven state, Isaiah was able to declare, “Here I am! Send Me!” A cleansed Isaiah was ready and willing to receive the call of the Lord to service. However my brothers and sisters, it does not end there… for you see, Isaiah was not given an easy message to proclaim. To those who heeded his call to repentance his message was hope and life. However, to those who rejected the message, it was a call to judgment and death. Isaiah was given a gift in this revelation but with it came a heavy weight for he knew many would reject God call to repentance.
My brother and sisters in Christ, as we view this passage let us be transformed. Let us again be reminded of who we serve… the mighty Lord of Lords and the magnificent King of Kings… the one and only holy and perfect Savior who freely offers salvation to all. However, let us not cower in fear and witness to a false salvation but let us stand our ground! I have told the youth whom I teach over and over again that those who stand on scriptural principles will, by many in our current culture, be seen as close-minded, unintelligent, unenlightened bumpkins. However, we are given a message which separates. Like Isaiah, we have been commissioned to go and preach the Word to the nations, a complete, unaltered message that cannot overlook sin, hardness of heart, judgment and sorrow, but a message that holds out the hope of glory.
My brother and sisters in Christ, the Savior is coming and he is coming soon. As we seek revival, let us remember that just as Jesus charged His disciple after His resurrection to preach a message of both hope and despair so He charges us likewise to …“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:15-16)”