Hope. Do you live your life understanding you have hope? Do you feel like you have hope? Do you pursue your dreams, ambitions, desires knowing hope for you has been taken care of. Today’s reading is full of hope.
In chapter nine of Isaiah the added title (If your Bible has section titles this has often been added by the publishers and translators of your particular translation) tells about the hope of the Messiah. This chapter tells about one who will come from Galilee, the region north of Judah which is in the land of the nation of Israel, to reign forever on David’s throne. That idea of reigning forever on David’s throne signifies that this will be a different kind of kingdom than what Israel and Judah had ever experienced. We know the fulfillment of this prophecy to be the virgin birth of Jesus, born in Bethlehem but raised in Nazareth of Galilee.
The reading is also full of glimmers of hope for Israel and Judah. Destruction and exile has been hinted at over and over throughout the prophetical books. The end of the kingdom as they know it is going to be over. But God doesn’t leave them without hope. Throughout it he reminds them that they will return to their homeland. One day they will find a faithful remnant back in Jerusalem.
One of the strongest messages of the Bible is hope. If you belong to Jesus, if you call him Lord and Savior, then you have hope. You have hope in eternal life with Jesus in heaven. That is the greatest hope ever.