Repentance is the turning from anything opposed to God’s best plan for us and running from it. Repentance ushers grace into our lives and restores our soul. No true Christian faith exists apart from ongoing repentance.
When everything in life (economic, political, spiritual, mental, and emotional) all seem like they are corrupt and unable to be fixed, we are comforted by knowing that Jesus has overcome the world.
Isaiah pauses to worship God in light of His promises of salvation, just as we are commanded to worship. In reflection to all God accomplished through Christ we need to stop and give God what He is due in worship.
Easter celebrates Jesus rising from death. John’s Gospel shares several reactions to the Resurrection, and calls us to identify ourselves in the story by asking what our response is to the living Jesus.
Equally as powerful as John describes in Revelation, Isaiah describes the future reign of Jesus. Isaiah takes us from humble beginnings, to power, justice, and absolute peace. We often view Jesus’ eternal reign to be other-worldly, but the Bible shows us an image of this world redeemed.
Many only view God as loving and gracious. The Bible clearly affirms those attributes, but also shows God’s anger and judgement. The purpose of God’s wrath or judgement is to triumph over sin.
The promise God proclaimed through Isaiah was the that corruption and oppression of the nations would be brought to an end through Jesus.
We live in a time similar to that of ancient Judah and Israel, where as a divided nation we often trust in human leadership more than God. God’s warning to the people through Isaiah is a warning to us as well.