Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Isaiah 54:1-13

This poem is a beautiful one that describes salvation and the future glories of Israel. It tells the story of a redeemer that will come to Zion.

Of course this redeemer is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Holy One of Israel. He is the Mediator of the covenant made with the Old Testament church. However, Jesus is more than the God of Israel; He is the God of the whole earth. His coming has enabled sin to be cleansed for everyone.

The God we serve is holy and cannot tolerate sin. He is a loving God in the same way a father loves his children. Sin separates us from God and brings us pain and suffering. As many of us have had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends during the Christmas season, we know the joy of seeing loved ones that have been separated from us for a lengthy period of time. It is quite a rush of joy when we see these people – when they return to us (or we return to them). In the same way, God experiences joy when we confess our sin, repent, and return to God. God longs for us to return to Him and no matter how far away we are from Him always provides a path in which to return.

God is always there for us. He is always there to hear our prayer. No matter what we have done, His love for us is so deep that He will always take us back if we truly repent. Just as God took Israel back, He will take you and me back. What a wonderful and loving God we serve.

Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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