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Sunday Rest and Reflection:The Branch

Dear Friends,

Greetings on this day of rest and reflection!  God is good to us and we have much to praise and thank Him for!  We have a rich inheritance in Jesus Christ!  He is our portion and the way to our promised eternal inheritance!  As you gather today with God’s people for worship and receiving His Word, bow your head and heart and thank Him for loving you and saving you!  Offer your heart to Him afresh today and humbly receive His grace!

Reflecting on the reading from this week, I would focus our attention on Isaiah 4 and the “Branch of the Lord”.  Isaiah had been seeing a vision of Jerusalem and Judah under God’s judgment for their sin of rebellion.  After that harsh judgment, Isaiah saw this “Branch of the Lord” that would be beautiful and glorious.  He would come from the remnant that the Lord left by His grace.  This remnant would be called holy and remain in Jerusalem.  (Isaiah 4:2-3)

The Lord would wash away their crimson stains by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.  His glorious presence would enshroud Mt. Zion and those assembled there with a cloud of smoke by day and a flaming canopy of fire by night.  This glorious presence would be a hiding place and a shelter from storm and rain.

As we look at this passage today, we see God’s grace in sparing a remnant of His people in order to fulfill His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as well as King David.  This “Branch” grew out of the remnant and was of the lineage of David.  His ministry was to offer cleansing and forgiveness of sins first to His own people and then to the world.  He took our own sins in His body on the cross and shed His sinless blood to cleanse us by a spirit of judgment and fire of the wrath of God.  He rose again from the dead and ascended to the Father to send the precious Holy Spirit to be a glorious presence residing in His people.  Through the Spirit, they would be kept safe and empowered to be witnesses through any storm.

We are enjoying the initial fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophetic word.  One day, we who know the Lord will enjoy His glorious presence face to face!  Come Lord Jesus!

In His Love,  Pastor John

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