Behold Thy God!
By Missionary Jim Kilgore
Isaiah 40:9-10: O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Isaiah chapter 40 is overflowing with expectations of the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. John would later say, as He saw the fulfillment of this promise in John 1:29: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Here in the fortieth chapter of Isaiah, we have God speaking tenderly to his people. Through this message, Isaiah told Israel to “Behold their God.” In Psalms 27:4 we are to “behold the beauty of the Lord!”
What Does it Mean to “Behold our God?
Behold means: “to look; to stare at; to fix upon.” It means to spend time fixing our minds and hearts upon the majesty of God. Certainly this was some good counsel by Isaiah. And it remains great counsel to modern-day Christians as well. It means that we are so enraptured and mesmerized with His presence, and by His infinite glory, that we can only be stare in wonderment at our God.
• II Chronicles 13:12 “And, behold, God himself is with us.” This Speaks of His Omnipresence.
• II Chronicles 6:18 “Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!” This Speaks of His Majesty.
• Psalms 46:8 “Come, behold the works of the Lord. “ This Speaks of His Power.
• Psalms 66:7 “He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations.” This Speaks of His Power.
While in India during the month of May, 2014, I was astonished with the number of idols this country worshiped. In all, India claims to have 330 million gods! This completely overwhelmed my heart as I knew that there is but one God. Malachi 2:10 “Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?”
• Mark 12:32 “For there is one God; and there is none other but He:”
• I Corinthians 8:6 “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
As I had been picked up by a taxi driver in Chennai, India, I immediately noticed three objects mounted and handing in this man’s taxi. I had what I believed to be a three-hour drive to the remote village where I would be preaching. I thought I would get to know him and break the ice as I sat up front with this driver that was obviously of the Hindu religion. Yet as I saw one idol swinging in front of my face as it was hanging on the rear-view mirror, and as I was gazing upon the two small statues mounted on his dashboard, I decided that this preacher could wait not longer to share the Gospel with him. This man had to learn of Jesus Christ so he could go to Heaven when he died.
I had learned that he was married and the father of two children. I asked him if his gods were alive. He stared at me through his dark black eyes, and finally admitted that they were all three dead. I asked if these men that were dead would be able to provide healing for his children, should they be facing death. He quickly responded by saying no, they could not. I asked him why they couldn’t, and as I pressed him gently, he admitted it was because they were dead.
I then asked him if he would allow me to present my God, which is the only true and living God, and that with Him, nothing would be impossible. He readily agreed to listen. After several minutes of sharing the Glorious Gospel, and by focusing upon the majesty of Jesus Christ, he was marvelously saved.
There are no thoughts in the world are deeper and more astonishing to the mind of mortal man than to think great thoughts of an Omnipotent God. God, in all of His Glory is far beyond our comprehension. God is glorious in all things. He doeth all things well! Job 5:9 “ Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number.”
But Who is God?
How would one try to define God as He is? This is but a feeble attempt at best to describe and define God. God is a spirit, infinite in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. I earned this definition decades ago in Bible College and it remains embedded deep within my heart and mind.
Why Aren’t We Hearing More About God in our Pulpits?
If it be true, and it certainly is, that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to gain entrance into Heaven, (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; I Timothy 2:5), then why aren’t we hearing this clearly preached in the pulpits across our World? If the statistics that I recently read are correct, by the year 2025, Islam will have more followers than Jesus Christ! Incredible! Astonishing! Unfathomable! Yet it could be true.
We Need a Revival of “God Preaching” From Our Pulpits.
Very little preaching is seen exalting and lauding the precious name of Jesus. Many have strayed away from presenting God in the grand and glorious manner in which the great men of God of yester-year presented Him. I remember when my jaw would drop as I heard the Man of God lift up on high the name of Jesus. Preachers, we must let people in the pews see Jesus.
• Luke 19:3 “And he sought to see Jesus who he was.”
• John 12:21 “The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. “
• Hebrews 2:9 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. “
The need remains great for people to see Jesus! It is through Jesus that they can be saved and have their sins forgiven. It is through Jesus that their daily needs will be met. It is through Jesus that healing comes to our bodies. It is through Jesus that miracles come into our lives.