Embedded in Isaiah’s prophecy for Israel is hope for all people. Instruction and justice become light to us in Jesus. Righteousness draws near and salvation is on its way in Jesus. Jesus, thank you for being our hope, not only for heaven, yet also for now… right now…
The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord . Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. “Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens… my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.
How can we go from ruins and wastelands to joy and gladness? How can we get to the and singing? God’s promise was to bring Israel back to and Eden-like state and comfort. How would this happen? What does this look like?
Embedded in Isaiah’s prophecy for Israel is hope for all people. We saw in Isaiah 49:6 that the hope of God is extend beyond Israel to all people. And this happens through Jesus. We see today starting in vs. 4, instruction and justice become light to us in Jesus. Righteousness draws near and salvation is on its way in Jesus. We are to lift up our eyes to heaven today to see what God is doing… His salvation lasts forever.
I was reminded earlier this week that many of us have experienced or are in the midst of loss – there are many people among us who are far from Eden. Many of us are far from gladness. We are in ruin and wasteland. Is that you today?
Jesus came for you. His kingdom will not end. He came to bring hope and joy and to be the light of the world. And we need his hope. We need his joy. We need the kingdom of God to be here and now in our lives.
Perhaps you have been trying to deal with your loss or ruin or wasteland alone or through the ways and hopes of the world. Perhaps you have not considered that Jesus came for more than that for you. Would you think afresh about Jesus coming and bringing hope of salvation?
Jesus, thank you for being our hope, not only for heaven and salvation, yet also hope for now… right now… in the midst of whatever it is that you face and I face.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come.