There is hope! After much of our reading through Isaiah has been about the coming judgment for Israel and Judah through destruction and exile, the Lord now promises that he will redeem his people and free them from slavery!
Jerusalem had been overtaken by the Babylonians, and their people driven into exile. They were away from home and slaves in a foreign nation when God rescued them from their captivity, allowing them to return home.
Even in their rescue, God reminds them that he was the Sovereign One who sent them into exile and redeemed them from it (v. 3-4). God not only brought the people back to Jerusalem, but His presence returned with them as well (v.8). The Lord also lets the people know that He will be present with them by going ahead of them and protecting them from behind (v.12).
Isaiah then prophesies about the coming Suffering Servant we read about in Isaiah 52 and 53, and this is where we apply this passage to us! How can we be redeemed from our slavery to sin? Only by the Suffering Servant who took our place on the Cross, suffering in our place for our rebellion against God.
What a week to read about the Suffering Servant who took our place – tomorrow we remember what Jesus has done for us on the Cross – be sure to stop by one of our Good Friday services at East Campus tomorrow at 5:30 and 7:00!
Take some time to read ahead this morning – read Isaiah 53 and meditate on what Christ has done for you.