Christ is the Great Healer that was wounded, and who by his very wounding earned our healing.
Isaiah prophesies here in chapter 61 of how the Anointed Messiah of God will fulfill the Jubilee Year of the Lord as He inaugurates the kingdom of God. The Messiah comes to bring dead souls to life, wrapping them in salvation, and giving them robes of righteousness.
In Isaiah 40, the prophet gives several reasons for why God’s people can have genuine comfort in the midst of the chaos of the world around them, and all of these reasons for comfort are grounded in the coming of the Messiah. The comfort the Christian longs for is bound up in Jesus Christ.
For humanity in general, as well as the church, change is normal and continual. But God is unchanging. He is sovereign, steadfast, and true to His nature and character through all circumstances. Thus, when we face transitions or trials, we can know that our Eternal Shepherd is caring for us, leading us sovereignly toward His purpose, and demonstrating His love for His people at every turn.
Dr. Greg Wills is the Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In this second Sermon of our Annual Global Missions Conference, Dr. Wills takes the experience of Isaiah being forgiven and set apart for ministry to challenge believers to obedience to the Great Commission.
Dr. Greg Wills is the Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In this first Sermon of our Annual Global Missions Conference, Dr. Wills takes the experience of Isaiah’s call and applies directly to how God works in the sinner’s life to call us and set us apart for Himself and His purpose in salvation.