v 1. It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.
There were several occasions in the Old Testament when we read that someone had a direct experience, some vision or even an extraordinary manifestation, of God. Isaiah was one of those people, but there were others too. On every occasion the person involved was overwhelmed with a sense of total unworthiness and of personal sinfulness, or impurity.
This kind of experience was not what Jesus was referring to, I believe. Sure, we may all experience those precious moments when God seems very close, and we feel infinitesimally small, insignificant and unworthy. But I believe Jesus is pointing us forward to that climactic moment when history terminates in the eternal present and we find ourselves in the presence of God. John had a vision of it (Revelation 4:2 and 22:4) and writes about our future experience of it. (1 John 3:2. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. )
That is the destiny God has planned for us – but perhaps we ought to ponder the significance of ‘Pure in Heart’. How does that include us as we commit our lives to following Jesus?