Isaiah 61:1-3; 65:17-25

We come now to the climax of Isaiah’s message.  After all the pain and destruction of God’s punishment on Judah through the Babylonian exile, it is time to rebuild His people and establish the Kingdom that will bless the world.

Read 61:1-3.  This is the final Servant Song where the coming Messiah begins the process of rebuilding the Kingdom.

Read 65:17-25.  List the ways that the new Kingdom is described in these verses.  How would you summarize and describe this new place?

Now read Luke 4:18-19.  Keep in mind that the Jews to whom Jesus was speaking had been reading this passage for 500 years, awaiting the kingdom that Isaiah described.  How do you think they reacted when Jesus interpreted this passage the way He did?

Now read Revelation 21:1-4.  Do you see any similarities to Isaiah 65?

Here is the truth in which we, as Christians, can place our hope.  Jesus is the Servant of God that Isaiah was predicting.  Jesus suffered and died, taking on our sins and paying the penalty for them.  Jesus also rose from the dead and stands as the mighty victorious Servant of God who has defeated our enemies.  Now Jesus has established His eternal kingdom, right here in our hearts.  We do not have to wait for a physical city to be built, we have access to the Kingdom of God, because of Jesus, and through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Spend some time meditating on the fact that the power of God lives in you and that God has granted you the right to be a citizen of His Kingdom.  How often do you tap into that Kingdom power to shine a light of hope to the dying world around you?

Jesus is King.  Let’s glorify Him today!

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