The Comfort of God

Jill Ver Steeg

READ : Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (v. 1)

Good news! Double comfort. “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” In a world full of bad news we receive the good news promises of God. Are you prepared to receive the good news?

A voice cries: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Prepare. The Lord will come as a powerful but gentle Shepherd in whom all flesh will see the glory of God unveiled. This is the season of preparation for the glory of God to be seen by all. We prepare when we ready ourselves for God coming to us in the vulnerable flesh of a child, born in a dank stable in an unlikely, tucked away place called Bethlehem. And with the arrival of this One named “The Lord saves” comes hope and peace, light and life, the yoke of burden broken as on the day of Midian, and a new yoke—one that is easy—is offered for all. His coming brings a new covenant, the end to death’s sting, the reign of God. His kingdom is built on justice, where righteousness is the belt he wears and children are the first to enter his banquet hall and those who’ve squandered the gifts of the Father are still given a homecoming party. Coming soon to a world near you is a love that locks sin up and overcomes it, where those who live humbly are lifted up.

Good news! Double comfort. Jesus the Messiah has come. Jesus the Lord is coming!

PRAYER

Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Our world and our lives find rest in you alone. Amen.