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The God who reveals his glory - Isaiah 40:3-5

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 17th January 2021.

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Is 40 v 3-5 “The God who Reveals His Glory” Handout

 

Intro: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

How can the Holy God forgive sin without tarnishing his glory?

 

 

 

1) God himself is on His way and nothing can stop him (v3+4)

 

How can the comfort proclaimed in verses 1 and 2 be real?

 

  • A people in pain

 

 

  • A helpless people

 

 

The Faithful, Covenant-keeping God himself is on his way and nothing can stop him (The sweet gospel call):

 

If you aren’t a Christian yet: Recognise your need and look to God for His rescue.

 

If you are a Christian already: Take courage and confidence from God’s love and care for you. Be thankful and at peace because God is with us.

 

 

2) God himself will reveal his glory as he rescues his people (v5)

 

A people freed from Babylon but still waiting for Is 40 v 5 to be fulfilled (Ezra 3 v 12), waiting for a cosmic and glorious victory;

 

  • Mark 1 v 1-3: The voice!

 

  • Mark 1 v 15: “The time has come!”

 

  • John 1 v 14: “We have seen his glory”

 

  • John 17 v 1-5: “I have brought you glory”

 

 

We must be a church who glory in the cross of Jesus Christ.

 

 

Isaiah 42 v 13 says this; “The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and triumph over his enemies.”

 

 

Philippians 2 v 10 and 11 say; “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.”

 

 

 

Is 40 v 3-5 “The God who Reveals His Glory” Home Group Questions

 

1) Why can God not just sweep sin under the carpet rather than having to punish it? What pain had this led to for the people of Jerusalem and Judah?

 

2) What different circumstances would add to the exiles’ feeling that they were far away from God?

 

3) Verses 3-5 tell the people that ‘God is on His way and nothing can stop Him’. Why does God act in this way and does he act in this way for you in your need?

 

4) Verse 5 speaks of God coming and revealing His glory. How is the cross of Jesus Christ glorious? How can we as a local church ‘glory more in the cross’?

 

5) Isaiah 42 v 13 says this; “The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and triumph over his enemies.” How should Jesus’ great triumph over sin and death help you to put all of your current pain and trials in the correct context? 

 

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