Focus and see the risen Lord, High and Lifted Up – Isaiah 6.1-3

By Dr. Abayomi SANUSI —
Introduction
Happy Easter. We celebrate the rising up from dead of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming, suffering, death, resurrection, elevation of our Lord was act of love. He continues to show us that love today. (John 3.16) We rejoice in the knowledge of the fact that there is nothing so precious God would not give up for you! Romans 8.31-35 assures us He was raised form the dead, is at the right hand of God and is interceding for us this moment.
He is risen, high and lifted up! Already, and currently Our Lord is High and Lifted up. His status and position is high and lifted up above all things, powers, dominion, principalities. He is above all created things- visible or invisible.
We rejoice because He has purchased for us the victory over sins, trespasses, prejudices and condemnations, unfavourable and adversarial circumstances, principalities and powers. The practical and spiritual consequences are that we must daily rise above these things. Romans 8:31-35.
By consequence of the love of God, His elevated position, His power and provisions for us, all that is recorded in the gospel are for our benefit, to understand our place in the grand scheme of things; and having done so obey God’s word. Colosians 2.13-15.
In a very elaborate and information packed introduction several things were exposed at the start of the book of Romans. Rom 1:1-6: Paul is a servant of Jesus Christ. He was set apart for the gospel and called to be an apostle. God achieved this through ‘Power’, ‘Spirit of holiness’, and ‘Resurrection from the dead’. The consequence is that we have received ‘grace’ and ‘apostleship’ by obedience achieve the great commission. By virtue of what Christ has done for us, it should not be a surprise that this should be also true about you and I even today.
God is already High and Lifted up, and even if nobody lifts Him up, He still will remain High and lifted up! If you do not lift Him up, He still will remain High and lifted up! In addition the justice of God will always be done, regardless of who lifts Him up, and who does not. The demands and requirements of God are perpetual. Those who see their place in the grand scheme of God’s plan like Paul do not yield to God one day, and withdraw God’s lordship over their life another day. In fact God’s relationship with the church is akin to marriage- important, permanent, perpetual, and settled.
Exhortation
Something remarkable happened in Isaiah’s life and career after he saw a vision of the Lord sitting on the throne, High and lifted up! The character and quality of his utterances and prophecies were never the same following this revelation. It is remarkable however
that the landmark event, that spiritual milestone by which Isaiah commemorated this turn around was by ‘the year of King Uzziah’s death’. The life, times and death of Uzziah is detailed in 2 Chronicles 26. Uzziah became king at a young age. He loved God and served Him. Through dedication and service to God’s people over a lengthy period of time he was distinguished by fantastic achievements. He became a great king, defeated the enemies of God’s children. He was good for the economy, industry, agriculture, military strength, science and technology, and the overall prosperity of Judah. Unfortunately he not only became complacent, but also despised God’s law, order and protocol. He was rebuked by prophets and God punished him with leprosy leading to removal from his position. He was a leper till the day of his death and is such remembered { 2Ch 26:9-15 2Ch 26:16-21, 2Ki 15:5 }.
For you and I it is prudent to honour and elevate God with constant obedience, personal holiness and a heart of service. Doing this your life will gain direction, your good works will last and become enjoyable, and your legacy will be glorious for God. Lift God up quietly on a daily basis and He will never leave you in a time of need. He will rescue you from trouble.
Consequences.
If there is a powerful, overwhelming, arrogant situation or difficulty; or an Uzziah of any description that needs to die for you to see the Lord at work in your life, that will happen. The landmark of God’s favour will come in your life and ministry. Just obey, worship, remain humble to God. Romans 8:31-35 It is imperative however that we recognise the power of His resurrection. Recognise He is already high and lifted up. Through His power, spirit of holiness, resurrection from the dead, he has afforded us the grace and power to obey him. Obeying Him is perpetually becoming like Him in doing the work of our heavenly father in everyday life; perhaps when using modern technology, on twitter, Facebook, at home, on the bus or at work.
Focus and Lift Him up
Constantly laden with trouble, wars, difficulties as well as joys and triumphs the world of Judah and Israel as depicted in the bible has many parallels with our world today. Here are the declarations of another King (familiar with those times) who also made mistakes and committed grievous errors before God and man: but repented to receive mercy, grace, elevation and countless victories.
The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore. 2 Samuel 22.47-51

God pardoned King David. The same pardon, legitimately purchased through Christ’s suffering and death is available to us today.!

Let us focus and see the risen Lord, high and lifted up.

Delivered by Dr. Abayomi SANUSI on Easter Day, April, 20, 2014.