Isaiah 52* The welcome news of Christ's kingdom. (1-12) The humiliationof the Messiah. (13-15)1-12 The gospel proclaims liberty to those bound with fears.Let those weary and heavy laden under the burden of sin, findrelief in Christ, shake themselves from the dust of their doubtsand fears, and loose themselves from those bands. The price paidby the Redeemer for our salvation, was not silver or gold, orcorruptible things, but his own precious blood. Considering thefreeness of this salvation, and how hurtful to temporal comfortsins are, we shall more value the redemption which is in Christ.Do we seek victory over every sin, recollecting that the gloryof God requires holiness in every follower of Christ? The goodnews is, that the Lord Jesus reigns. Christ himself broughtthese tidings first. His ministers proclaim these good tidings:keeping themselves clean from the pollutions of the world, theyare beautiful to those to whom they are sent. Zion's watchmencould scarcely discern any thing of God's favour through thedark cloud of their afflictions; but now the cloud is scattered,they shall plainly see the performance. Zion's waste placesshall then rejoice; all the world will have the benefit. This isapplied to our salvation by Christ. Babylon is no place forIsraelites. And it is a call to all in the bondage of sin andSatan, to use the liberty Christ has proclaimed. They were to gowith diligent haste, not to lose time nor linger; but they werenot to go with distrustful haste. Those in the way of duty, areunder God's special protection; and he that believes this, willnot hasten for fear. 13-15 Here begins that wonderful, minute, and faithfuldescription of the office, character, and glory of the Messiah,which has struck conviction to many of the most hardenedunbelievers. Christ is Wisdom itself; in the work of ourredemption there appeared the wisdom of God in a mystery. Thosethat saw him, said, Surely never man looked so miserable: neverwas sorrow like unto his sorrow. But God highly exalted him.That shall be discovered by the gospel of Christ, which couldnever be told in any other way. And Christ having once shed hisblood for sinners, its power still continues. May all opposerssee the wisdom of ceasing from their opposition, and be madepartakers of the blood of sprinkling, and the baptism of theHoly Ghost; obeying him, and praising his salvation.
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