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October 12, 2011 / Daniel

Beautiful Feet revisited (Isaiah 52)

Isaiah 52:7-10 tells of how God will deliver his people.  It celebrates the salvation of our God.  We can summarize this salvation with three words that occur in this passage.  They all started with the letter R.    All three of these are God-activities.  So, we shouldn’t be surprised to find in the NT that Jesus is the agent of each of these activities.  Jesus is the essence of the gospel message.

  • Our God reigns (v. 7).
  • Our God returns (v. 8).
  • Our God redeems (v. 9).

Today let’s focus on the first R.  Jesus is our God reigning.

Our God Reigns

How is Jesus our God reigning?  Well, when Jesus shows up on the scene, he comes proclaiming God’s kingdom.  Look at Mark 1:14-15.

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Now notice how Mark uses the phrase “the gospel of God.”  He defines this gospel in v. 15.  “The time is fulfilled.  The kingdom is at hand.  Repent and believe.”  This is Mark’s summary of the gospel.   The connection between Mark 1 and Isaiah 52 is apparent.   In Mark, the gospel means that the kingdom of God is at hand.  In Isaiah 52, the herald proclaims, “Our God reigns.”  Isaiah 52 is in the backdrop of this passage.

The kingdom is God’s saving reign over his creation through Jesus.  The reign of God is a present but future reality.  The kingdom is already but not yet

At his first coming, Jesus launches the kingdom of God.  In Matthew 12, the Pharisees accuse Jesus using Satan’s power to cast out demons. They said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”  Jesus responds that a house divided against itself can not stand.  “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself.  How then will his kingdom stand?”  Then he adds in v. 28.  “But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”   In other words, the proof that God’s kingdom is a present reality is that Satan’s kingdom is forced to leave.

Here’s another example.  In Matthew 11, John the Baptist is in prison.  And John has begun to doubt whether or not Jesus is truly the future King of Israel, the promised Messiah.  He was beginning to wonder whether or not the kingdom of God was actually a present reality.  So he sends his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

How does Jesus respond to John? He says, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight.  The lame walk.  Lepers are cleansed.  The deaf hear.  The dead are raised up and the poor have good news preached to them.”  Jesus points to his miracles as signs of the present reality of God’s kingdom.  These miracles are the very things that the book of Isaiah says will happen when God’s kingdom  finally arrives.

However, the kingdom of God is also a future reality.  Not all blind men received sight.  There are still deaf people to this day.  And most importantly, we all still are looking forward to our final resurrection.  When Christ comes back, the kingdom will arrive in all its glory.  Jesus is our God reigning.



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  1. Stefan / Oct 15 2011 12:36 pm

    Praise the Lord – our God reigns! He is on the throne, and He arranges all things for His will / His plan to be accomplished! All the things in our life, all the situations in the country we’re in, and even the world situation – all are under His control, and He rules in a sovereign way to bring the gospel to the people and build up the church as the Body of Christ!

    About John the Baptist and his sending the disciples to Jesus to ask… – very interesting situation… Sometimes it may seem that our situation is so desperate with no way out, but others are doing just great, are healed, etc. Lord, what about us? – His answer may be: this is God’s will for now, don’t be stumbled in Me! O, Lord Jesus… – learning the lesson of God’s sovereignty is not easy, but if we do so, we will grow in the divine life and mature more…

  2. Daniel / Oct 17 2011 4:23 pm

    Stefan, thanks for commenting. I like your thoughts about John the Baptist. That situation is easy to identify with. “If Jesus has indeed inaugurated his kingdom, then why haven’t I experience the blessings of his kingdom?”


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