Today you should read: Isaiah 41
One of my favorite parts of going to see a movie is seeing the previews in the beginning. It excites you about what is coming out in the future. There are several Old Testament “previews” of Jesus coming as Savior. Today’s passage is one of those. We can see three main parts in this “preview:”
1. A king, sent from God, is coming to rule and reign
God is sending a king to take down all other kings and to rule over all. This is a king who is just but powerful and will defeat His enemies. He will cause many to fear and many others to rebel against Him. Which brings us to the second part..
2. There will be those who resist
There will be those who band together and rebel against this king. They will set up their own “gods” against Him and try to assert themselves. These will also be people who fight against the king’s people. But…
3. The king will ultimately save His people and defeat all His enemies
This king will bring His people peace, safety and victory. He will provide for them and care for them. In fact, verse 13 gives us a wonderful picture of the caring of this king.
“And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’
This would make an amazing movie, wouldn’t it? Imagine, a people, poor and destitute…lacking hope and peace and longing for someone to come and help them. Then, from a far away place a king comes who is all-powerful and full of love and mercy. He is a just king who will not stand for evil but, in the midst of His conquest against evil He reaches down to His people and says, “don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” Imagine that kind of movie. Now imagine that kind of reality. Imagine God sending Jesus, the King of Kings to earth to rid it of evil and to destroy all things and create a new heaven and new earth. Imagine that place being one of joy, peace, hope and a place absent of fear, pain and sin. Be encouraged. This is a preview of things to come!
Posted by: Robbie Byrd