Day 13 | The Good King
Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11
How were the people of Israel to know that God would keep this promise? How were they to know that their trouble would end? Isaiah assured Israel that though everything in creation passes away, "the word of our God will stand forever." And this would be the sign that Israel's comfort had come: "A voice cries: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord." 700 years after Isaiah prophesied, John the Baptist appeared in Israel proclaiming this very message (Luke 3:1–6).
God kept his promise and Israel's comfort came, not by a temporary sacrifice or deliverance from human oppressors, but by the salvation of the Good King, Jesus Christ. He is the once-for-all sacrifice for his people and the one who delivers them from their slavery to sin. He is the Son of the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3–4), who promised to "wipe away every tear" from the eyes of his people (Revelation 7:16–17). He is the shepherd who "will gather the lambs in his arms" and "carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." And because he has graciously offered his salvation to all of us, we who have received him can rejoice with Isaiah and the people of Israel, saying, "Behold your God!"
Question: Do you think often about the goodness of God? Take a moment alone or with your family to list out ways God has been good to you this year.