All People Will See the Glory of the Lord
Rev. Dr. Keith Wessel作/ MLC出版 / Allie译
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 40:4-5
In Isaiah chapter 40, one can’t help but notice the stark contrast between the “glory” of man and the glory of the Lord. Against the backdrop of eternity (or even the sweeping scope of history), against the backdrop of the nature and power of God, man is nothing nor his glorious achievements lasting. Indeed, just after these words, Isaiah soberly reminds us: “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them.” (40:6-7)
The world labors under the curse of sin. At the time of the fall, God “subjected the creation to frustration,” St. Paul tells us in Romans 8. We look around and see that frustration on people’s faces and in their lives. Without God, life is a meaningless existence with little to no point, and the gnawing uncertainty of what happens after death both angers and terrifies the human mind.
世界在罪的诅咒下劳转不息。自堕落之日起，上帝就令“受造之物服在虚空之下”，这是使徒保罗在《罗马书》中告诉我们的。（罗马书 8:20 因为受造之物服在虚空之下，不是自己愿意，乃是因那叫他如此的。) 我们环顾四周就可以看到“虚空”写在人们的脸上、在人们的生活中。没有上帝，生命便失去意义，“存在”就成了失去目标的点。对死后未知世界的不确定不断地消磨人的思想，令我们恐惧又忿恨。
Even God’s people feel this burden. We strive and work our entire life only to watch accomplishments, recognition, wealth all melt away. “We finish our years with a groan,” Moses said, as sin causes us to crumble back into the dust from which we were taken, along with any so-called glory we had here on earth.
即便是上帝的子民都会感受到负担。我们一生劳苦拼搏，最终不过是看着自己的成就、功名、财富日渐消怠。摩西说：“我们度尽的年岁好像一声叹息。”(诗篇 90:9) 罪让我们重回尘土，带着我们所谓的世上的“荣光”一起归回我们所出之地。
But Isaiah rightly turns our eyes away from ourselves and the vapidness of life to the works of God, which bring true peace and joy. Above all, it is the person and
gospel of Jesus Christ that sets our hearts at rest in God’s presence. Winning our salvation, forgiving our sins, bringing us to faith, keeping us in faith, and spreading the light of his grace throughout the world—this is the true glory of God. Isaiah foretold it, and we now witness it: our glorious Savior has come, and his glorious works endure forever. Throughout the world, people—and, by God’s grace, you and I—have seen this glory of the Lord revealed in his Son. And our salvation in him is firm and secure, for his own mouth has spoken it.
Lord Jesus, lead us by your grace and Spirit to rejoice in your glory and to spread its saving light throughout the world. Amen.