The Daily Word: Friday, September 22nd, 2017
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” – Is 40:2
This was God’s message to His people: it’s over. Finished! Done. Even though they were disobedient, He forgave them. Even though they were undeserving, He pardoned them! Not only would they be spared; but in return for their disobedience, they would receive double.
This is the Gospel. You and I are far from perfect; but Jesus came and lived a perfect life in our place! When we believe He died for us on the Cross and was raised from the dead, everything changes. Our sins are forgiven. Our disobedience is pardoned. God not only withholds judgment, He extends mercy and grace! Just as Israel received double, so too shall we because of the Cross of Jesus Christ!
Father, thank You that my suffering is over! Thank You that restoration is finished. Thank You for restoring double – even though I don’t even deserve a single! You truly are a good, good God!
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