Thankfully, God Takes Things Away

Isaiah 25:6-9

"And in this mountain
The Lord of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

1. At the Lord’s Table we see a substitution that is at the core of the Gospel. The bread and wine represent the body and blood of Jesus. He sacrificed His life to spare us the punishment. So instead of our death, we are given the means of life – bread. And above and beyond that we are given a means of joy in the wine.

2. This is what we see in Isaiah 25. There are things God is going to take away from us, and things He is going to give us. He takes away death, sorrow, tears, rebukes. And He will give us a feast of excellent meat and wine and fat.

3. Notice I’m talking in the future tense. In one sense this is true already, for God favors you now. But all the sadness and trouble isn’t gone yet. And we are not as happy as He means for us to be. So we wait for Him and for His salvation.

4. The way God brings about His favor is at the cross of Jesus Christ, which this meal represents. So take this time to commune with your savior and redeemer now.


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