Summary: In a time of great fear, Isaiah prophesied, "Your God will come!" These prophetic words offer hope for our lives today.
Messiah Will Save
“Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
These words, recorded by the prophet Isaiah, spoke words of hope to the people of Judah at one of the darkest moments in their nation. Like a blossom in the desert, the prophesy gave promise that life would come forth from the barren circumstances they faced. They did not understand the theology of this promise - they did not know that it referred to Jesus, the Messiah who would come from heaven. The one thing that they were able to hold onto was the promise that God had not forgotten them.
Looking back, we understand that the words of this promise were fulfilled when Jesus came to earth to save us. We read in Matthew, “...You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21)
We need to be reminded of this promise today. People are losing hope. Everyone seems to be concerned about the state of things in our world. We hear every day about:
increased homelesness and poverty
crime, drugs, gangs
People seem to be without hope
By looking back to Isaiah’s prophecy, we can gain hope for our lives today.
The time was around 700 BC. Judah had a series of revivals, but now they were in a time of great NEED. The ASSYRIANS had captured several cities of Samaria. Jerusalem was surrounded by the Assyrian army. People were starving, fearful and overwhelmed at the thought that like the northern tribes of Israel, Judah would also be taken into captivity.
ISAIAH’S MESSAGE: JEHOVAH WILL SAVE
Isaiah 35:3-4 “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.””
The Name ISAIAH literally means Jehovah Will Save! Every time someone spoke Isaiah’s name, they recited the promise that God had not forgotten them!
Isaiah 45:18-19 “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I the Lord speak the truth; I declare what is right.” (Isaiah 45:18–19, ESV)
Isaiah 45:21b-22 “Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”
WE NEED A SAVIOR for our TROUBLING TIMES
Isaiah’s message is just a powerful today: WE NEED a SAVIOR