Greatly Rejoicing – Isaiah 59

“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear…
Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not overtake us;
we hope for light, and behold, darkness,
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom…
The LORD saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
and his righteousness upheld him…
‘And a Redeemer will come to Zion,
and those in Jacob who turn from transgression,’ declares the LORD.”

Isaiah 59:1-2, 9, 15-26, 20

Our sin, our prideful rebellion, separates us from God. Apart from Him, we may search for light, but all we will find is darkness. We will long for salvation, but we will be left empty.

Knowing this hopeless state, the Holy, Righteous God brought salvation—because He was the only One who could. He sent a Redeemer who would win our freedom at great cost to Himself. “Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge [of grief] shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11). Turning to Him and away from our sinful life, trusting in the power and authority of Jesus’ death and resurrection, our souls are reconciled with this mighty God who saves.

We had no one to intercede on our behalf, but now we have a Savior who “is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). Our Lord who lives forever and ever is interceding for us—for sinners who had no hope of bridging the chasm which separated us from a Holy God, and who would never be able to rescue ourselves from darkness or escape the wrath of God that is our due. Jesus took the shame, the anguish, the wrath upon Himself. For our sake and for the glory of God the Father. So that we could spend eternity in fullness of joy, rejoicing to the praise of His glorious grace.

May we never lose the wonder of what God has done for us in Christ. I pray that it will never become commonplace, but will always stir our hearts in awe of His power and grace.

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

Isaiah 61:10

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