“Your God Reigns”
The setting in Isaiah 52 is the city of Jerusalem which had been invaded by the Babylonians, their Temple destroyed, and many taken into exile. Those that remained were in a state of confusion and despair, wondering “What just happened?”. This poem depicts a messenger running over the mountains to these broken and hopeless people to bring a “good news” – a news that would bring peace (shalom), happiness, joy, and salvation. What’s the beautiful message? “Your God reigns.”
When we look out into the world and see the brokenness and despair, the anger and fear, we may wonder how God is at work, or if He is even at work at all. When we look at our own lives, we may wonder the same thing. And yet, there is a beautiful message, “Your God reigns.” This is what makes the first Advent of Christ so incredible, and it was announced as “good news” that brings “great joy”! What we see in the birth of Christ celebrated at Christmas is that God had been at work all along, despite what anyone could see. Because of Jesus, God is in charge.