March 27, 2016

Isaiah 66:12-24

The majestic book of Isaiah comes to an end pointing to a need for unrepentant people to turn to the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel. Although times may have changed, God has not. Do we believe the Word and expect God to create a new heaven and a new earth? Or do we just go about our daily routine and ignore everything he has told us?

Isaiah has spelled it all out for us: the punishment of all who ignore him and the promise to those who believe he will come again. If we place ourselves into his hands, he will make all things new, and we will live with him forever and forever.

We need a real vision of what our final goal in life will bring to us. Through Isaiah, God has given us that vision of what it can mean to be the people who trust him, obey him, hope in him, become righteous through him, and walk in his way!

Through the words of Isaiah, we have focused on the Messiah. We who are blessed to live on this side of the cross have seen the fulfillment of prophecy. We have watched his triumphal entry on Palm Sunday. We have felt him wash the disciples' feet on Maundy Thursday. We have bowed in grief on Good Friday. But, hallelujah, we have also been to the tomb, and we know it is empty. So we rejoice because Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Will you sing with me "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"?