1.“Comfort my people! Comfort them!” says your God.
2.“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and announce to it that its time of hard labor is over and its wrongs have been paid for. It has received from the Lord double for all its sins.”
Isaiah 40:1-2 (GWT)
We are 15 days already in 2020, Are you enjoying God’s blessings?
- Who is your source of comfort?
- Why are your hard work over?
- What should you do to receive double for all your sins?
According to scriptures the Israelites are God’s chosen people – They were living in exile in Babylon. They have been there for seventy years. Their nation has been destroyed, Jerusalem lies in ruins, the Temple has been reduced to a heap of rubble. By this time, even the rubble has probably disappeared.
All that was left was a small number of survivors in a far-away land, people who called themselves Jews and who were trying desperately to hold on to their memories of their God and his Word – a God who seemed as dead as their land and their hopes. Soon, perhaps, even the memories would fade away and be lost. Israel was finished.
And then, in that hopeless situation, God once again spoke a word to his people. God sent a message that gave Israel new life and new hope.
Suddenly, this incredible word from the Lord rang out,
“Comfort, comfort my people.”
That’s what he told his servant, the prophet Isaiah.
“Tell them to get ready. They’re going home.”
Listen to the beautiful and familiar words of
For the Lord himself, we learn in the gospel, has paid that ultimate penalty, that final price, for all the sins of his people. So the comfort God offers doesn’t come cheap; it was purchased by the cross of Jesus Christ. That’s why when the Lord proclaims, “Your iniquity is pardoned,” it really means something. Believe in His word.
Almighty God, we bless you for our lives, we give you praise for your abundant mercy and grace we receive. … Dear God, our world is hurting and broken. We pray for those who have lost loved ones this week, please comfort them in their grief and loss, cover them with your peace and presence, as only your Spirit can do
In Jesus mighty name
Rev, David Rex Orgen
🏰Hilltop United Methodist church (Pastor)💒
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