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Advent with Isaiah

12/2/2020 9:04:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

Welcome to Advent!

I have always loved the two traditional church seasons of Advent and Lent. Both prepare you for the momentous events in Christian history. Advent prepares you for the idea of God coming to earth as a human being. Lent prepares you for the idea of God making the sacrifice you cannot and making a way to heaven.

I first fell in love with the book of Isaiah during one Advent. That year my dad announced that we were doing a family Advent study. I groaned and complained. I think I groaned and complained every night because that’s the kind of kid I was. But doing that study allowed the words of Isaiah to penetrate deep in my heart. And later, when I came to faith, they percolated back up and resonated with me. It is still my favorite book of all Scripture.

I just read today that Isaiah is quoted more than any other book in the New Testament, except Psalms. (So Psalms is number 1 and Isaiah is number 2.) But that is direct quotations. It is alluded to often as well.

Why is that?

Isaiah spends much of its pages talking about the Messiah, both in his first coming and his return. It also speaks to the role of Israel as God intended and the role they will eventually fulfill. As I have mentioned often, some scholars call it the summary of the Bible since it addresses all the themes. As the Bible has 66 books, Isaiah has 66 chapters. As the Bible has prophecy, poetry, and history, so does Isaiah.

And the main theme running throughout Isaiah is the same as the main theme of the Bible itself. Mankind is sinful and fallen. They cannot make things right between them and God. So it is up to God himself to step into history and restore the connection, make a way. But it will be costly on His side and free on ours.

In Isaiah we learn a lot about the character and characteristics of Jesus. Within its pages, we learn that he is the Chosen of God, the Commander of God’s Army, the Covenant for the People, the Eternal Father, Wonderful Counselor, the Lawgiver, the Everlasting Light, the Light to the Nations, the Man of Suffering, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Redeemer, the Rock that makes men stumble, the Root of Jesse, the suffering Servant, and the Witness, to name a few of the titles it gives him. We also learn that he will lead nations to repentance, that he’s a light in the darkness, born of a virgin, of the house and lineage of David, will destroy death, and make the blind see and the deaf hear. That’s only the first five prophecies in my glossary from Isaiah.

Don’t get me wrong. I love and appreciate all of Scripture, but I truly believe that with one of the Gospels and the book of Isaiah, a person could learn everything they needed to know about Jesus. They would know why he came, what he did and why he did it.

They would also know that he is coming again one day.

This is week one of Advent. I have given you an overview of why my blogs are going to focus on Isaiah this month. Next week will focus on his first coming and the prophecies about his birth. Two weeks from now will be about his ministry. Just before Christmas will be about his sacrifice and when he comes again.

 

Welcome to Isaiah!