For To Us: Aug 26-30 BRD

Isaiah’s first word for the people of Judah is that judgment is coming. God will pour out His wrath upon them because of their stubborn, rebellious evil hearts. He will raise up the Assyrians, and they will invade and destroy. They have been given ample opportunity and occasion to repent, but they love their vile ways more than God. For this, judgment is coming. Isaiah’s second word for the people of Judah is that a Savior is coming. When God’s fury is finished, He will bring forth a remnant of believers. He will judge but not obliterate. He will pour out His wrath, but He will also pour out His mercy. He will condemn because of their sin, but He will also save because of His mercy. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (9:6). The sweet, refreshing breeze of promise in the midst of the scorching heat of judgment. A Savior will come. He will be a son. He will also be God. That son came, and His earthly name is Jesus! My friends, when Isaiah prophesied “For to us,” the “us” includes us! Christ came not just for the people of Judah but for the people of the world. For we are all in the same miserable condition. We are all sinners. We are all under the judgment of God. God’s wrath will be poured out, but so also will His mercy. He has sent His Son, and He is Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God. For to us a son is given!