Saturday, February 21, 2015

Salvation For All ~ Lent 2015

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness
You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV


During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt

Indeed [God] says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You.” 

This is the second of four “Servant Songs” in Isaiah, each offering a different messianic image of Christ. In Genesis, God makes a covenant with Abraham (Gen. 12:1-3). His chosen people, Abraham’s descendants, are to be a “light to the Gentiles”, but they decline. The prophet Isaiah explains that God’s Servant-Redeemer will be rejected - by those He chose, by those refusing to believe, by powerful rulers of nations. God introduces Jesus Christ, as a “new covenant”, because the promises of God and His faithfulness do not end.

God’s purpose for salvation remains extended to all people through the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. The Author of Redemption knows the prisons that hold a soul in bondage – lies, abuses, boredom, greed, words that defeat, actions that destroy, busyness that drains, emptiness that desires. The darkness that crucified Christ attempts to hold us hostage but can be abolished by the Light of Christ. God’s faithfulness extends beyond His chosen people, the Jewish nation. He offers Eternal Hope to the Gentiles, too. God’s faithfulness reconciles each of us – any of us - through Christ. 

Redeemer, Holy One - find me in the darkness. Break the chains that try to hold me captive. Be the Light that leads me to You. Great is Your faithfulness. -dho

Focus Point: The darkness that crucified Christ attempts to hold us hostage but can be abolished by the Light of Christ.

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