The God Who Comforts His People

Isaiah 40:1-2
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.

These verses open the second half of Isaiah in the middle of condemnation and judgment for sin. God spoke these words of comfort and good news over His people: warfare has ended and your iniquity has been pardoned. Notice the relationship between comfort and pardon. When your sin has been pardoned and paid for, there is comfort and tenderness in your relationship with God. As we celebrate this Advent season, remember that this is what Jesus came to bring. He came to bring the comfort of pardon, to die on the cross and shed His blood to cover our sin. Because of our faith in His blood, God has forgiven us of all our sin. With this pardon comes a comforting and tender relationship with God. Sometimes we can feel beat up by the sin in our lives and struggle to turn from it; we can feel God constantly condemning us. While it’s good to understand the seriousness of sin and to hate it, if you have placed your faith in Jesus, there is no condemnation for you in Christ. The holy God of the universe pardons us and pours out His comfort on us. Receive that today. Hate sin, run from it. Yet, know the love and compassion of God toward you.

Pastor Justin Villines