by Clarence E. Macartney

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Isaiah-The Man Who Saw Christ's Glory
Clarence E. Macartney
Luke 4:17

That certainly was a most appropriate beginning to the
ministry and preaching of Christ. After His temptation
Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee
and came to Nazareth where He was brought up. As His
custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath
day and was invited by the elders to read the lesson
for the day. "And there was delivered unto him the
book of the prophet Isaiah." The lesson for the day,
and the part that He read, was that beautiful
prophetic passage from Isaiah's sixty-first chapter:
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the
Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the
meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of
the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the
acceptable year of the Lord."

Almost any other passage from Isaiah would have done
as well, for the whole Book of Isaiah is radiant with
the glory of Christ. John said of Isaiah, after
relating how Jesus had quoted him to the scribes and
Pharisees, "These things said Isaiah, when he saw his
glory and spake of him." No one ever saw more of the
glory of Christ, not even Abraham who saw His day and
rejoiced; nor Moses who wrote of Him; nor David who
sang of Him; nor Peter, nor Paul, nor John, who saw
Him standing in the midst of the seven golden
candlesticks in the Isle of Patmos. More than any one
of them, more than all of them together, Isaiah saw
His glory and spoke of Him. In the apocryphal book,
the Ascension of Isaiah, it is related how when the
prophet was talking with King Hezekiah he was suddenly
carried away by an angel. He traveled the firmament
and witnessed the battle of the angels and the demons
between the earth and the moon. He entered and passed
through the six heavens and saw all their glory. ...

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