Read: Isaiah 25:1-9
He will swallow up death forever. (v. 8)
We have looked at what God has done for us to make us new creations in Christ, and what he is doing to conform us to the image of his Son. But the most glorious renewals are still in our future! God is making all things new even as he works to bring about our final redemption. We truly have a bright future ahead—a future where death is no longer the final word, nor the ultimate end of the story.
The prophet Isaiah comforts the people of God by revealing God’s future plans for them—“plans formed of old, faithful and sure” (v. 1). God will overthrow the enemy and judge the ruthless nations. His victory accomplished, he will then make a glorious feast of rich food and fine wine for all his people. National and racial divisions will be no more. And then, the greatest promise of all: “He will swallow up on this mountain . . . the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever” (vv. 7-8). A future with no death! Tears will be wiped from all faces; his people will rejoice forever in the salvation of their God.
Since man’s fall, the specter of death has haunted all of mankind. When Jesus defeated death on the cross, he brought a new future of life forevermore for his children. And not just life—but a life without sorrow or pain, forever in the presence of our God! —Laura N. Sweet
As you pray, think on the future joy that is yours in Christ.
About the Author
Laura N. Sweet is a wife, mother, grandmother, and former Christian schoolteacher from Midland, Michigan. She writes devotional material for both adults and children, and her work has appeared in more than a dozen publications.