â€œAnd the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.â€ (Isaiah 35:10)
hristians have received great joy and hope for the future, but make no mistake, there are troubles in this life. Christ promised that even if we â€œweep and lament . . . your sorrow shall be turned into joyâ€ (John 16:20). The third verse of â€œJesus! What a Friend for Sinnersâ€ expresses this well.
Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!
While the billows oâ€™er me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul.
Our text shows that even when Israel was about to be captured and exiled, Isaiah still anticipated their return and ultimate victory. â€œTherefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee awayâ€ (Isaiah 51:11).
In this life He has not left us without comfort, for Christ promised His disciples, â€œPeace I leave with you, my peace IÂ give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraidâ€ (John 14:27). Even when death and separation are imminent, â€œI would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hopeâ€ (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
And in the next life, the â€œforeverâ€ life, â€œGod shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed awayâ€ (Revelation 21:4). JDM