"Remember these things, Jacob,
for you, Israel, are my servant.
I have made you, you are my servant;
Israel, I will not forget you.
I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
Your sins are like the morning mist.
Return to me, for I have redeemed you."
These words remind us of God's willingness to forgive, even in the days of Isaiah. He redeemed Israel countless times, by bringing them back to him, forgiving their offenses, and showing his love for his people. For Christians, we believe God's redemption was final and permanent through the life and sacrificial death of Jesus. There is no more fear.
Holy Lord, Sometimes I think about what would have happened if Jesus had been around for more of his natural life. I suppose it was inevitable he would have been killed, as were the disciples eventually. And the story of your redemption of all people for all time to come might have looked different. But it would have ultimately been the same, I think. Your love has no end, and your time is not our time. I thank you for Jesus, for allowing us to know Him, and to know you. I thank you for your Holy Spirit, living in me, giving me more power than I know how to handle. I am yours. Amen