Isaiah 40: 1-5
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for her sins.
A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
After Isaiah has spoken judgement for the sins of Israel, Judah and the surrounding pagan nations, God now sends his message of comfort and hope in that he is sending double to cover her sins. God is sending a voice in the desert to prepare a straight highway in the desert to make the way for the Lord. All mankind will see the glory of the Lord for the Lord has spoken. Praise the name of the Lord!
Father thank you for making the way for the judgement for sin of your people and all the world to be paid through your Son. Awaken us who have believed to also be your messenger to reveal this good news of forgiveness to prepare for the coming of Christ. Thank you for your comfort and hope for our world today, in Jesus’ name, amen.