Isaiah is an incredible book quoted by Jesus and many other New Testament writers. It’s full of wisdom and history. But let’s be honest, some of it feels a bit like gloom and doom, right? The prophecies against the countries and peoples are overwhelming at times. NOT TODAY! Today’s chapter is full of life and excitement – like a sunny Spring day.
The chapter begins with the prophecy that the land of Israel, desert at the time of the writing, would bloom and be lush again. If you ever get the chance to go to Israel and travel to the Dead Sea valley area, you’ll understand what barren land really looks like. It’s dead, dirty, empty, and overwhelmingly desert. That’s what the land of Israel looked like! But Isaiah said it would bloom and be full of life again – and it is. If you go today, you see fertile green fields fueled with irrigation systems and you see this prophecy beginning to be fulfilled.
Verse 3 through the rest of the chapter shows us the impact Jesus the Messiah would make on this barren hurt people group. Isaiah tells them that a time will come when they will “see the glory of God” in the person of Jesus Christ.
John describes it this way:
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Behold your God will come with vengeance… He will save you (v.4)
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. The lame will leap like a dear and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. (v.5-6)
What a joy it must have been for the people living in Jesus day to see these things happen before their very eyes! Jesus healed blind eyes (John 9, Mark 10), He made the deaf to hear (Matthew 11, Mark 7), the lame to walk (Matthew 11, John 5), and the mute He made speak (Matthew 15, Luke 1)
Praise God for Isaiah’s prophecy coming true. Close out your Jumpstart time today listening to this song that glorifies God for Jesus.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor