Isaiah 65 offers us a fitting close to the book as a whole. The chapter has to do with both “judgment and salvation” and “new heavens and a new earth”. It presents a picture of both sin/judgment, as well as hope. This is really reminiscent of the story of the Bible as a whole when you think about it: we are broken because of our sin and yet there is hope because God began executing a plan for our ultimate redemption that we would find through Jesus Christ when sin entered the picture in Genesis 3.
This is a tension that often does not make sense to us: how could a God who is perfectly righteous to be wrathful towards us also be able to show us mercy and kindness? The answer lies in the person that this book has been point to all along: Jesus. Jesus helps us make sense of how wrath can be forgotten and how brokenness can be restored. He was the people of Israel’s only hope, and he is our only hope as well.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate