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Yesterday in morning worship we heard Isaiah 11:1-11 and what the Anointed comes to do. The hope for those in captivity in Babylon was a temporary solution. God had much more in store. The Anointed comes and fulfills the promise (Luke 4:16-21), far greater than anyone could imagine. He lives that perfect life, and then God credits the righteousness of the Anointed to our account (2 Corinthians 5:21). Further, Jesus overcomes sin by taking it upon himself, dying as the truly innocent One (Hebrews 4:15) and paying the payment for all sins of all time (1 John 2:2). And then Jesus rises from the dead, overcoming even death itself (1 Corinthians 15:51-57).
Paul put it this way:
The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation. (Romans 8:37-39 GW)
Ultimately our hope is exactly that, not a temporary fix, not a band-aid, but complete healing of all that tears us apart. This is ours by faith; we don’t see the completion in its fullness yet. But it is real, it is ours, and nothing can change that. We live in the now-not yet, already done by Christ, not yet realized in this world.
I saw a new heaven and a new earth, because the first heaven and earth had disappeared, and the sea was gone. Then I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, dressed like a bride ready for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “God lives with humans! God will make his home with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There won’t be any more death. There won’t be any grief, crying, or pain, because the first things have disappeared.”
The one sitting on the throne said, “I am making everything new.” He said, “Write this: ‘These words are faithful and true.’” He said to me, “It has happened! I am the A and the Z,[Alpha and Omega] the beginning and the end. I will give a drink from the fountain filled with the water of life to anyone who is thirsty. It won’t cost anything. Everyone who wins the victory will inherit these things. I will be their God, and they will be my children. (Revelation 21:1-7 GW)
That’s the promise, that‘s the future, that’s the hope in Jesus Christ!