December 31, 2015

Isaiah 2:1-11

One of the most amazing evidences of the grace of God is found in the first chapter of Isaiah. In spite of their sin and rebellion, the Lord God reaches out to his people just as he often does to us. I believe one of the greatest invitations in all of Scripture is found in 1:18: “Come now and let us reason together says the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet; they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Let us allow this incredible invitation to sink down into our hearts. Almighty God, Creator of the universe, who also made man from the dust of the earth and breathed into him the breath of life making him a living soul, invites rebellious, sinful man to come and reason with him concerning his sin and find forgiveness, cleansing, and peace.

We are reminded of the words of David in Psalm 8:4: “What is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you visit him?” Of course, we understand the answer to be found in John 3:16 and in 2 Peter 3:9 where the Apostle Peter offers more insight into God’s amazing grace extended to man. “The Lord is longsuffering toward us, not willing any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

When we elect to accept God’s invitation to come in repentance and faith, the Lord God, through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus, fulfills his promise and makes our sins as white as snow, writes our name in the Lamb’s Book of Life and gives us everlasting life.