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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Freedom from Exile

"I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers." Is 43:19

What is the newness about which Isaiah speaks? More important, is ts an ongoing event that we can experience in our day?

Most of us love new things. A new home, a new car, a new cell phone, all offer us a moment of three of delight, and although these pleasures are like the tide that quickly receedes, we often seek them out in the hope that their joy might be lasting.

Isaiah is speaking about something much more profound, much more complete than an new gift or purchase we make. The prophet is assuring the Israelites, while still in exile, that God has not abandoned them, no matter how they feel. Reminding his readers of the love of God so present in their escape from Egypt and their consolations in the desert, Isaiah insists that what seems empty and barren now will soon be made new.

Jesus promises even more. Not only will we be freed from the exiles we experience in this life, we will will join Jesus at the eternal banquet. Indeed, this is something new!

Today, imagine a world and church healed by the saving grace of God.

How have you experienced God's saving love?

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