Comfort! Take comfort my people! Your God says: “Console Jerusalem and cry from the heart to her that her warfare is finished, that her perversity is paid off — because the hand of the LORD has received double for all her sins. — Isaiah 40:1-5
These signs (prophecies – future promises) from God, are wonderful indicators of hope for the future. But they are also meant to bring us comfort. In the time of Isaiah, there was very little comfort to be found. The nation had been overtaken by foreign conquerors, there was famine and pestilence in the land…life was hard. But in the midst, Isaiah cries out “Comfort! Take comfort!” Why? How can we take comfort in the midst of suffering and distress?
Because God has accomplished or finished her warfare. The war is over! The battle is won! Romans 5:1-2 tells us: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” God has finished the war between Himself and mankind.
The war would be ended by Jesus as He was crucified on the cross of Calvary. His birth was just the beginning of his journey toward death and the end of our warfare with God. Both of His hands would be pierced for our transgressions and would be the receiving of “double for all her (our) sins.” That’s why on the cross, with His very last breath Jesus proclaimed, “It is finished.”
Praise God today for His finished work and our confidence, “that he who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion.” Philippians 1:6 God always finishes what He starts.