To Us a Child Is Born
1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan
If you have been following along so far…Isaiah can be quite depressing. Promises of divine justice and retribution, harsh condemnation for those who seek pleasure instead of justice. It seems as if there is no bright side to the relationship between Israel and God, and by extension, God and us.
But there is a very, very bright side: Jesus.
We saw a glimpse of it a chapter ago with the promise of Immanuel, that God would be with us. But that glimpse is about to get even more defined and real, not just a prophecy, but a promise. And it all begins with this word, “Nevertheless”. Words like this or “however” mark a comparison between what came before, and what is to come. What came before this “Nevertheless” were relentless prophecies about Israel’s destruction, brought upon themselves for what they had done, and what they had failed to do.
But what is to come afterwards is the promise that a child would be born to Israel that would fully redeem and restore it, not politically, but fundamentally. The promise of Christ outshines everything that came before it, as if saying, “You just lost $10. Nevertheless, you have won the lottery.” So no matter our current situations, we always have to keep in mind this incredible, divine “Nevertheless”, that the ministry of Christ puts all of our trials and sufferings in a very different light.
1. What are some of the hard situations you have found yourself in recently?
2. How does Jesus change how you view or approach that situation?