Today you should read: Isaiah 34
“Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ the Lord.”—Luke 2:11
Merry Christmas! Today, we celebrate His coming to us as Immanuel, and we look forward to His coming to earth again. Our reading today foreshadows His return. So, as we come to the close of what we call the Advent season (Advent means “coming one”) with Christmas day being its culmination, we must continually be in a different type of Advent season because the Coming One is, well, coming again.
This “coming again” is foreshadowed in Isaiah 34, as God’s indignation is targeted not towards God’s people here, but towards the nations (vs. 1-2). Verses 3-15 is filled with examples of God’s coming judgment against Assyria, Edom, and the nations, which is representative of the judgment that will come upon the earth at the Coming One’s return.
In verses 16 and 17, Isaiah basically guarantees that these things will happen. He said to “search the book of the Lord.” I take that to mean that Isaiah not only warned that the reader should take his prophecy seriously and be prepared, but that they could go back and “look it up” once this prophecy has been fulfilled. In other words, they could look back and see that what he is saying here actually came true just as he said it would.
So, what’s the application on this Christmas day? Celebrate the One who came to the earth to be God with us, and continually be prepared for His coming again. For those who are not followers of Christ yet, the first step of preparation is surrendering to Christ as Lord and Savior. For those who are followers of Christ, continually surrender to His Lordship and live holy lives in the power of the Spirit.
Is there any specific preparation that may need to happen in your life today? Any sins to confess? Habits to forsake? Wrongs to make right? Family members who need your apology? Areas of your life that need to be surrendered to Him? If so, take care of these things and end experience His joy this Christmas day.
Posted by: Rich Duffield