THE STORY OF JESUS: Isaiah 48-50
“That my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)
Within these chapters we sense the tension between God’s frustration and compassion.
God hates the sin in the world, yet He loves the people of the world.
God cannot ignore or tolerate sin, nor can He forget His children.
This captures the tension of history, the crisis of justice and mercy.
We see that crisis played out in the cross (today is Good Friday).
Sin is condemned, but God absorbs that condemnation for us in Jesus.
Jesus reveals God’s love for the world, His desire to save all people.
God does not want anyone to perish, yet some will stubbornly refuse salvation.
In Christ God has done everything needed to make salvation possible for all.
In Jesus God is spreading His grace message “to the ends of the earth”.
In us, Jesus is extending His grace zone to the Gentiles (all people).
It has always been God’s plan to bless the nations through Israel (Genesis 12:1-2).
As Jesus followers, we do not just enjoy hope for ourselves, we share it with others.
May we not add to God’s frustration by refusing to share His compassion!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, God loved the cosmos so much that He sent You into the thick of our stubborn sin and desperate misery. Help me to spread this hope to all people, to the ends of the earth!