Isaiah 59 is a brilliant hope passage because it’s written in a dark moment. The children of Israel had been in captivity in Babylon, only to return to a Jerusalem in shambles. There were no city walls, the temple had been destroyed, and the government infrastructure was shattered. It was a fundamental breakdown of society, but into that darkness comes this discussion of hope found in Isaiah 59.
If this passage is all about hope, we need to define it. There are four important elements. First: hope is an object and an expectation. You’re hoping in something and asking that something to deliver. Second: the doorway to hope is hopelessness. The only way you will ever find true hope is to give up on all your false hopes. Third: hope, to be reliable, must fix what is broken. Hope must successfully address the biggest dilemmas of our existence, otherwise it isn’t worth hoping in. And fourth:hope is a Person, and his name is Jesus. Hope is not a situation; hope is not a location; hope is not an experience. Hope is a Person.
That’s the Christmas story. Christmas is about hope coming. That’s why the angels sang those glorious songs. That’s why the shepherds were blown away. That’s why the wise men came to worship. Hope had come, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. This Advent season, don’t search for hope in your situations or circumstances or relationships. Hope will never be found horizontally. Hope has already come, and his name is Jesus.
Putting our hope in Jesus together...