DAY 5 • DECEMBER 17
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass,and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that are young.
This passage in Isaiah is filled with the promise of the soon coming King, Jesus. Isaiah, by the power of the Holy Spirit, prophecies about how Jesus will be revealed. He will come with power. He will rule with a mighty arm. These two descriptive sentences paint a very strong picture of who Jesus will be. But then in verse eleven, we see another side of the coming King. He tends to his flock like a shepherd. He gathers his lambs in his arms and he carries them close to his heart. Jesus is unlike any other leader. He is the perfect balance of strength and gentleness. Not only is Jesus both strong and tender, he, like God the Father, is also faithful. Today, we can rest in these words, knowing that our King has come, just like it was prophesied in the book of Isaiah nearly 700 years before the birth of Jesus. Just like the Word of God says, Jesus will soon come again! This enables us to have all of our hope in Jesus this Christmas season and everyday.
Thank God for who he is and who Jesus is: strong, gentle, faithful, and any other characteristics that have been important to you in your life.
Take some time to reflect on the ways that you have seen God keep His promises in your own life. If you have trouble thinking of examples, ask God to reveal his faithfulness to you. Then listen and see what comes to mind.
Ask God to give you unshakeable faith, to believe that what He says in His word will come to fruition, even if your daily life seems to prove the opposite. Remember, we serve a God that makes a way where there is no way!
Get out a piece of paper and write out some of the promises that you find in scripture about who Jesus is and what God’s plans are for his people. Then, share at least one thing off that list with someone in your life that is looking for some hope in Jesus (or maybe with multiple people).
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