Isaiah 52

Isaiah 52 has our prophet calling on his people to wake up.  “Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean”.  The first Awake, awake! asked the Lord to put on strength (Isaiah 51:9). The second Awake, awake! asked Jerusalem to remember the Lord’s judgments and promises. Now, the third Awake, awake! tells Zion to put on strength in light of the first to awakenings.

God is calling His people to action.  “Shake yourself from the dust and arise”.  We aren’t just to sit back and wait for God to do things for us.  We need to get up and join Him in what He’s up to.  Being a Christ Follower is not a spectator sport.  We need to get up, get shaking, and arise.  God wants to do great things through us.  He can’t do that if we’re sitting idly on the bench.  He can’t move an object that is at rest nearly as easily as one that is up and ready for action.

This chapter addresses the redemption of God’s people.  “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money”.  There is a price to be paid for their redemption, and our redemption, but it isn’t money.  Later in the chapter we find the price of that redemption – Jesus Christ.  “Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted”.  Jesus will be exalted.  He will triumph over all enemies.  Before any mention of His suffering comes, His victory over evil is proclaimed.  He is our redeemer.

But that redemption comes with a significant cost – the Cross.  “As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind— so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand”.  Jesus will suffer and die on that Cross to redeem us from the grip of sin.  He will cleanse us from the power of sin and set us free to spend eternity with God and Him in heaven.

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