Daily Bible Verses for 12/19/2016

Advent: Jesus Will Return and Bring Peace – (Isaiah 52:7-8)

Daily Verse(s)
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye When the Lord brings back Zion.

Reading Notes
During this Christmas season we focus on the gift of salvation. A gift which God has given us through the advent of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Moreover, we cannot let this world cause us to forget that He is returning again. And here in these passages of Isaiah, we see the prophet speak of the day when Christ returns and rules during His millennial kingdom. These verses paint a wonderful picture of the joy and peace, which rule the land under the sovereign direction of the Lord. Isaiah wrote these passages to give the nation of Judah hope in the future restoration of the nation and the return and reign of the Messiah who is Christ Jesus our Lord. The phrase, “the feet of him who brings good news” refers to those messengers who are traveling from city to city, from town to town to tell the people about the arrival of the King of kings and Lord of lords. And the phrase, “for they shall see eye to eye” refers to the fact that these messengers will see the Lord face to face, after which, they will immediately travel out to the surrounding countryside to spread the good news.

Dear child of God, this message should bring us hope as well. Through our faith we have been adopted into the family of God and grafted into the faithful remnant of Israel. These passages speak of the return of our King and the time when we will see Jesus face to face. They show us the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior that we are not alone and He will return to rule and reign. More importantly, Jesus is not a king who is far off, He is close to each and every one of us! For by His blood shed for us at the Cross of Calvary, He has given us eternal life. And when He returns it will be no different as we read here, “for they shall see eye to eye,” this is a reference to being so close to Jesus that we can see each other face to face. This phrase sums up the heart of our faith, which is our relationship with Christ. We are called by God to have a very close relationship with our Lord and Savior. Moreover, relationship is the heart of Christianity. We have a relationship with God the Father, restored through our faith and relationship with God the Son, Christ Jesus our Lord. In addition, when He returns we will not only see him face to face, but He will know us and we will know Him. We will live in service to our Lord with more joy, knowledge and peace than possible here in this world without Him.