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.
The purpose of Stand Sunday is for us to be reminded that God is vested, deeply and personally, in the plight of children in foster care. He calls His people to share this passion and bring to each child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed. This month, the Church is reminded of this truth and invited to act upon it.
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.
Christians face many battles against culture, sin, and self, as well as against a spiritual enemy in Satan. Isaiah provides an account of a great battle so we can learn to face challenges with unwavering faith in God.
There are really only two kinds of people in this world, those whose final outcome will be to incur the eternal judgment of God and those whose final outcome will be to enjoy the eternal peace of salvation with God.
WHAT IS OUR ETERNAL HOPE?
When all around us we see corruption and division in our world, Isaiah 33 provides a view of what God does when people and/or nations repent and return to Jesus. Hope, healing, and redemption, are attributes of Christ’s Kingdom beginning here on earth and completed in eternity.