December 1, 2019

on Sunday 1, December 2019

Much of what the prophet Isaiah spoke concerned the coming of the Messiah. Throughout most of his life, he and the nation of Israel had lived under the threat and dread of the Assyrian Empire, which had already destroyed the northern part of the kingdom. It was from this place in history that Isaiah prophesied the extraordinary message of a coming Deliverer. He saw who was coming and how his entrance into this world would accomplish the wondrous things that God had stored up for his people. The Advent of Christ would change everything.  

No wonder the Holy Spirit, through this prophet, cried out in Isaiah 40:1-5, “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned…The Glory of the Lord will be revealed (through Jesus your Messiah) and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!”

We know that every prophetic word concerning Jesus was fulfilled. We are so privileged to be living on this side of the cross and to be the beneficiaries of all God’s promises. And yet, we so often need to hear this message again, “Comfort my People!” Can you hear the Father's heart in these words? He is so loving and compassionate and ready to provide whatever we need when we are in distress or anxious. He is always there and always available to put his arms around us and say, “Do not fear, do not be dismayed. I, even I, am he who comforts you.” (Isaiah 51:12)