Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel & Your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you…That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
I’d trade the creation just for you.
“So don’t be afraid:
I’m with you. I’ll round up all your scattered children, pull them in from east & west.
I’ll send orders north & south:
Send them back. Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places.
I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child
Whom I created for My glory, yes, personally formed & made each one.’”
Isaiah 43:1-7 MSG
Hearing how God feels should free us from fear.
God says over & over to us, “Do not fear.”
He is working out His plan. We’re called by His name to display His glory (v. 7).
This regathering is the gathering of Judah from their captivity in Babylon which happened
under Cyrus the Great.
But these words soar beyond this.
This redemption will be greater than what God achieved when he led Israel through the Red Sea and slaughtered Pharaoh’s army.
This is greater then the small band of 42,360 Ezra 2:64 that returned to Palestine under Cyrus’s edict.
They came from the east (Babylon), not from all points of the compass.
The reality of this regathering is found in Christ, in the gathering of God’s chosen elect from every nation by the call of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus would die for the Jewish nation and not for that nation only, “but also to unite the scattered children of God” John 11:51-52
Therefore, Isaiah 43:5-7 displays the sovereign decree of almighty God to gather the elect from the ends of the earth under the call of the gospel, all who are called by his name, whom he created for his glory. And no fiery trial they undergo will destroy them, only purify them.
But this promised gathering together and bring them back to their promised land.
Is to in the millennium, this will become a reality.
Israel will again rest in peace & he chosen people of God will occupy their promised land as all that is theirs.
WE’RE TO BE READY
We also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when we don’t expect Him.
WE’RE TO BE LOOKING
Blessed happy, fortunate & to be envied are those who Jesus finds awake, alert & watching when He comes. He will gird Himself & have them recline at table & will come & serve them!
There’s laid up for us the victor’s crown of righteousness for being right with God & doing right
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to us & recompense us on that great day–
and not to us only, but also to all those who have loved & yearned for & welcomed His appearing
at His return
2 Timothy 4:8 Amp
WE’RE TO BE PURE
And everyone who has this hope resting on them cleanses purifies themselves just as He is pure
He is chaste, He is undefiled, and He is guiltless
1 John 3:3 AMP
WE’RE TO BE TELLING
And Jesus said, Go into all the world & preach & publish openly the good news to every person
in the whole human race
God will ever bring glory to Himself is by bringing us to glory!
Heaven is a city that is transparent in its appearance Rev. 21:11, 18-23.
A city with multi-colored stones & materials with the glory of the Father and the Son shining through it.
God’s brilliance will be bursting out from our glorified bodies!
And God will glorify Himself in us!
We will See Him & Be With Him Forever
Here we’re in trials, depressions & anxieties.
In Heaven we’ll be in a place of endless praise & ceaseless worship of a worthy God. Rev. 4:2-11
Fear is out of the question