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Comfort in the Coming Messiah

John Collins07/16/2012
Isaiah 40 brings a message of comfort to God's people.

Through Isaiah, God gave the people an announcement of the greatest event the world has ever known: the coming of the Christ.  God was going to send His Son, and bring the hearts of His people back to God.

"Comfort, comfort my people," says God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, God's children, and let them know that their warfare is ended.  Their iniquity is pardoned.  They had received correction from the Lord's hand double for all of their sins.

A voice cries in in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord:  "Make a straight highway for our God in the desert."  Every valley will be lifted up and every mountain and hill will be made low.  The uneven ground will become level and the rough places will become smooth like a plain.  

The Glory of the Lord will be revealed.  All flesh will see it together, for the Lord has spoken.

All mankind is like the grass of the field.  Their beauty is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers away and the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it.  The grass withers and the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we take peace and comfort in the Gift that God gave to the world?  Do we accept the pardon that was given to us by Christ's death on the cross?  Do we look forward to rising to be with him, as he arose from the grave?  Do we see all mankind as beautiful, giving us a burning desire to tell others of Christ?