THE ETERNAL PLAN OF REDEMPTION
Today we get a rare look at a conversation between God and His Son Jesus before Jesus is born. The focus is on Christ’s purpose of redemption. This passage is a great way see the Christmas Story in a new way.
GOD PREPARES THE WAY
God used Isaiah to prepare Israel for their deliverance from Babylon. God used John the Baptist to prepare Israel for Jesus. God uses Scripture to prepare us for Christ to work in us this Christmas.
GOD WILL COME AND SAVE US
Today we see God deliver Israel from Babylon, but we find out that it was really about something much larger. God promises a Savior to come, a Deliverer much greater than any other, who comes to rescue us for eternity.
God, through His prophet Isaiah, reminds us that we are God’s workmanship: God created us, and therefore we are to be obedient to what God calls us.
Let us learn from the mistakes of our brothers and sisters of old, and seek to glorify God in all we do.
THE SERVANT OF THE LORD
Isaiah 42 proclaims Christ hundreds of years in advance, telling of God’s Servant establishing God’s Kingdom, calling people to repent of idolatry and worship God alone. We worship God by learning about Jesus, and living as Jesus lived.
COMFORT GOD’S PEOPLE [700-600-500]
Isaiah 40 takes us 200 years forward in time to the end of the Babylonian captivity. God offers comfort to a new generation who is willing to be obedient. Will we be an obedient generation or not?
In moments of personal pain and tempting pleasure it can be easy to
doubt God’s goodness and to forget our allegiance to Him. We must remember it is Jesus faithfulness to us and not our faithfulness to him that is the guarantee of our salvation.