The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; a banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine. And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is stretched over all nations. He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken. And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:6-9
I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready for the part where “He will swallow up death for all time” and “the Lord will wipe tears away from all faces.” It seems that everyone I know is touched by death and sorrow right now. Even as I was writing this post I got a phone call from my mom telling me that someone we used to go to church with died unexpectedly from a blood clot (someone not much older than I am). The same cancer that killed my dad is now threatening the life of my uncle. In Africa a baby was born too early and fights to live–her parents are there because they love Jesus and want others to know Him.
Sometimes it just feels overwhelming and I don’t understand why there has to be so much pain, suffering and death. But, then I read passages like Isaiah 25:6-9 and it becomes more clear–we are waiting on the Lord. He is our salvation! As it says in Revelation 22:20, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”