It is the sacrifice that resemble Christ that we turn into movies, memorialize, and try to remember but all along God promises a…
Future Celebration (Isaiah 54: 1-5) Isaiah acknowledges that price the son’s sacrifice paid, and then shifts from him bearing many sins to our response: “Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child (To be barren for a Jewish woman was a great shame and yet he calls on that woman to sing); burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord. (Families depended on children for survival, before Social Security and nursing homes, but God says even the childless—prepare for a celebration. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. 3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. 4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. 5 For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.
Isaiah builds to an unlikely conclusion: that despite your current conditions, despite your past, your history, the offer is the same. You too, can be welcomed back where you were meant to be: united with the Father, through the Son, empowered by the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Messiah Jesus, our maker is called our husband. Author Jim Liske, pointed out that husband is a Norse word—Old English literally meaning—“house tiller of the ground.” Jesus was sent to earth to prepare and then pursue his bride the Church—he came to till up the weeds that choke out our lives and to allow for new growth—to cultivate in us an opening for our potential to emerge. Jesus complete sacrifice, remarkably, becomes a sacrifice worth celebrating. I get it, sometimes life seems hard. The weight feels very real. Yet, Jesus gives us the perspective we can miss in the darkness of life’s storm—he shows us the celebration to come. Revelation 7:9—“there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands…saying, Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” That from the stumps of your life, when new growth seems impossible, when life comes to an end—that Jesus was the sacrifice worth celebrating and worth sacrificing for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KOBSu_A4LU
Life in Christ becomes a celebration of who he is, what he’s done, and what he will do—we get to worship Jesus here, in preparation for the Kingdom of God that awaits but His kingdom also comes on earth and it is in heaven—when we DECIDE to FOLLOW JESUS. No turning back—invested, sacrificing, and celebrating!