Hope Returns

7 How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
the news that the God of Israel reigns!
8 The watchmen shout and sing with joy,
for before their very eyes
they see the Lord returning to Jerusalem.
9 Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
for the Lord has comforted his people.
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has demonstrated his holy power
before the eyes of all the nations.
All the ends of the earth will see
the victory of our God.
 Isaiah 52:7-10

Some years are harder than others. Some eras are harsher than we ever imagined. It is with this in mind that we approach the above passage. All of Israel was looking to the future; the coming of the Messiah. He would come to redeem God’s people.

As Christ Followers we believe that they were looking for the coming of Jesus and that he was the fulfillment of the promised Messiah. In our time, during the Christmas season we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus, but we also look forward to his return.

I want us to take an even deeper look at this passage from the point of view of the watchmen. The watchmen sit perched on the ruined walls of Jerusalem and off in the distance they see the messenger who brings good news.  They break into shouts and singing because they see the Lord returning.

What is the good news that the messenger brings? Jesus himself told us what the good news was: that the captives would be released, the blind would see, oppressed set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor had come in Luke 4 he quotes from Isaiah.

Has this been a hard year for you? You may feel like your life is like Jerusalem lying in ruins or may be in simple disrepair. I have news for you…we can look out from the walls of a ruined life and see the messenger who brings good news. Your expectations this Christmas should be the expectation of restoration, reconciliation and victory.

Recognize this. The restoration of life is hard work and takes time, but our God offers us the strength to get though. Your health journey does not occur overnight, but it can occur and will happen one step at a time.