Finished reading Isaiah today, the most-quoted-by-Jesus-prophet by the way. He really knew how to end on a hopeful note:
For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, andLud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 66:18-19 ESV
Let that sink and realize the greatest hope there is and the challenge that it gives to us.
The time is coming… God is going to call from and gather His people from all nations (ethnic groups) and tongues (languages). This is the beautiful plan of our electing God. Can you picture the end of His great plan? Can you taste in your soul the hope of a redeemed people from every corner of the world? Will it actually happen? I dunno… sounds familiar, and kind of sounds like it will.
They shall come and shall see my glory… This is certainly in Isaiah’s future but is it in ours? Or is it in our past? God has always planned to call His people from every corner but when did He start? When did He show His glory in this world? Could it be when Christ came into the world? Could He be the sign set before them?
And from them I will send… It is a great hope that God calls from all people. But He doesn’t do it with magic. He does it with people. Those who ‘see’ His glory and His sign (His Son) are sent to everyone and everywhere. They can go with hope because they know the outcome.
So know the hope of God’s great plan. And be ‘sent people’ today.