Pre-Christmas Encouragement #1

 

This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.  Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Isaiah 2:1-5

Isaiah was a great prophet who lived a long, long time before Jesus was born. But God would let Isaiah see little bits of the future so that Isaiah could write those down as prophecies.

In this lesson Isaiah sees a time when another great prophet will come and teach God’s Word. Think of the best teacher you have ever had. Isaiah says that this prophet will be even better than that. Isaiah saw that this prophet would teach God’s Word so well that many people from all over the world would want to go to God’s house so they could learn from him.

What a wonderful thing Isaiah sees! What a wonderful prophet that was coming. Isaiah was actually seeing Jesus. Jesus is the great prophet. Jesus came into our world on that first Christmas. And during his life, he became a great teacher. Everyone wanted to come and hear him talk about God’s Word. Just like Isaiah saw, people from other nations came to see him, even when he was just a boy. (Remember the Wise Men!)

What made Jesus such a wonderful prophet—such a great teacher? He did much more than simply teach about God’s Commands and what God wants us to do. He also taught about God’s love and about how a Savior would save us from the fact that we have not kept God’s commands. And Jesus was that Savior. Jesus came to be a prophet, and so he taught God’s Word. Jesus came to be our Savior, and so he died on the cross to take away our sins.

Isaiah saw that too. He saw that this Savior/Prophet would be able to take away sin. He would be so good at it, that he would be able to get everyone to stop fighting: brothers and sisters, bullies at school, people at work. Isaiah even sees that this prophet will be able to make all wars stop. People will get rid of all their weapons: no swords, no guns, no tanks, no bombs, no missiles. This will take place when Jesus comes to earth a second time on Judgment Day. He will take us and all believers to heaven. Jesus will make us perfect, so we can stop fighting. We will never sin again. And everyone in heaven will get along perfectly.

What a wonderful thing Isaiah sees! The part about Jesus coming the first time at Christmas has already come true. That is why we know the second part, when Jesus comes again to take us to heaven, is true as well!

Dear Jesus, we thank you for being our teacher still today. Thank you for teaching us with your Word and for strengthening our faith. We look forward to celebrating your birth. And we really are looking forward to when you come again and take us to heaven, where there will be perfect peace. In your name we pray. Amen.