And one called to another and said;

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Isaiah 6: 3

 

The seraphim have a very special view and perspective on our world. These angelic beings exist in that mystical realm that we call heaven where God resides with all of His own people and created beings. Although they do not possess God’s ability to see and to understand everything in that absolute and timeless way that God does, the seraphim do view creation with eyes that are not clouded by sin and are outside of the influences of our broken world. What they see and proclaim is wondrous, magical and reflects God’s intent for His creation.

 

The words of their advent chorus state an interesting paradox. They sing of God’s holiness. This is that perfect purity that defines God and that, due to our sinful lack of that same quality, separates Him from our world and us. Yet this quality that places God above and apart from us also causes His glory to fill our world. The words that are used here make it clear that this essence of God that pervades all of creation is substantial. It is not a mere vapor or a fuzzy sense of right and good. This glory is the tangible and very real love, peace, justice, grace, and mercy that God brings to humanity through and by Christ. This is what the essential nature of God pours out upon our world.

 

Isaiah’s vision looks forward to a time of restoration. God commissions him to call the people of Israel into repentance and a return to being committed disciples of the Lord. Although there is an end of times aspect to all of this, I do not believe that God is indicating that He wants us to remain focused on the time of Christ’s return. God desires for us to open our eyes and to see as the seraphim did. Even with its anger, war, violence, and pain, this world is filled with the essence of God that we can call His glory. It is present in Christ. It is communicated by God’s word and by His Spirit. It is given tangible presence by the actions and the words of God’s people. We all are to be today’s repentant disciples who bring the glory of our Lord into the darkness of our world.

 

 

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