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Ta’ Pinu National Shrine — Gozo

Good morning!

Isaiah the prophet, having seen the LORD GOD “high and exalted” (6:1) responded instantly to the question, “Whom should I send?” He said, “Here I am. Send me.”

God’s people respond quickly when they really hear His voice. His very Presence leaves us breathless, and like Isaiah, painfully aware of how small and insignificant we are in comparison to God. His appearance was fearfully powerful, He was attended by Seraphim, and “the train of His robe filled the entire Temple.”

Isaiah knew that to come face to face with God might mean death. He saw himself for who he was, humbled himself and repented of his sin, saying, “I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips.” His lips were purged by a live coal carried by an angel and he became a useful vessel for God. God cleansed him — and, when God asked, “Whom shall I send?” he was ready to “go” to an unrepentant people who, sadly, remained unrepentant.

Jesus, Lamb of God, the Son in the Triune Godhead of Father, Son, and Spirit, also offered to ”go.”

He, being God, knew Himself, and the glory that belonged to Him from the beginning of the world. He needed no cleansing, He was already holy. He was willing to renounce His glory, discard the opulent robe that fully filled the Temple, and come down to a persistently unrepentant people.

The sins of the whole world, past, present and future were laid upon the back of ‘Emmanuel,’ who arrived naked into a world that desperately needed Him, and never heeded Him. God with us.

Until His death, Jesus remained pure, holy, humble, a “man of sorrows,” who spoke not a word in His own defense, fulfilling prophecy after prophecy of men like Isaiah.

His glorious resurrection was proof He had overcome the world, and the death that awaits the unholy, the ungodly, and the unrepentant.

Are we painfully aware of how small and insignificant we are in comparison with Emmanuel, God with us, who has offered us the gift of Life and fellowship with Him; the gift of God, not just with us, but in us?

”Christ in you the hope of glory.” — Colossians 1:27

All men and women are made in the image of God. We have the option to remain merely the resemblance of God, as in a picture; or His glorious reflection, as sunshine in a mirror.

When we really listen to His voice calling us to see ourselves as small and insignificant as we truly are; when we are able to identify our sin and renounce it, and answer His call, we are answering the call to holiness and fellowship with the Triune Godhead. And He will cleanse is from all unholiness and prepare us to “go” wherever He leads.

Are we listening expectantly for His voice? Are we willing to tell others of this amazing gift, the gift of Life Everlasting? It is a free gift from the God of Grace whose train once again fills the throne room of the great smoky, pillar shaking Temple of Heaven. And He is, again, attended by Seraphim crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Heaven’s armies. The whole earth is filled with His glory” as He sits beside the Father making intercession for us.

I want to cry, “Here I am!” “Send me.”

“When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” — Colossians 3:4

Praise be to God!

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