Isaiah 25:8 Daily Devotional
This is yet another prophetic verse talking about how Jesus will come to defeat death, shame, and disgrace. This passage is all in the future tense, so it’s clear this hasn’t happened yet. It’s the hope of Israel, though, that this Messiah, the Savior, should come and fulfill what the prophet Isaiah is saying. Jesus will swallow up death forever. Jesus will wipe away tears. But for now, they must wait.
Fortunately for us, we don’t need to wait for a future Savior. Jesus did come and did “swallow up death.” He did “wipe away the tears from all faces.” He did “remove his people’s disgrace,” and all we need to do is accept it.
Living life with a hope way off in the future is different than living a life where you’re confident that hope already came. Instead of a sense of longing, we should be living our life from a place of victory. That battle has already been won about 2,000 years ago. Because of that, we can worship freely, pray for one another with expectation, and give generously. Other practical applications of this hope include meeting the needs of our neighbors and spreading the gospel message. Truly, all things are possible for us now, so it’s hard to fit all the applications into this paragraph.
Beyond that, through Jesus, we’ve been given the same call. Since Jesus came and offered up his life for us, we can now wipe away the tears of others. It’s up to us now to remove disgrace from people. All that is done in his power that now lives in us.
Thank you for offering up your life for us, Jesus. Because of you I’m able to live my life to the fullest with nothing holding me back. Help me to use that knowledge and truth to bring that freedom to those around me, especially to those who don’t know you. I want to live this verse practically, and I ask that each day you would reveal to me how to do that. It’s in your name I pray, amen.