Isaiah is going to prophecy about a time when all the heartache, suffering and pain is gone and this will give the people a new attitude of praise in the midst of heartache and destruction. They will sing about God and praise Him because He will save them from all of the pain and heartache they are currently experiencing.
Salvation is simply the deliverance from the power and effects of sin. I love this definition because it shows that when Christ died He did not just die for our sins but also to set things back to the original design of Creation. He died for our sins but He also died to restore the effects that sin has had on humanity and the world. In Isaiah 6:8 we learned that Isaiah had his sin and guilt taken away not just his sin. God wanted Isaiah to know that because of what God had done (touched him with coal) that Isaiah was forgiven of his sins and that they would be remembered no more. God has put us back in a right relationship with Himself for all who believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again. (Acts 16:31) A day is promised to us that the effects of sin and the struggles we have because of it will all be taken away and God will restore His world and all those who trust in Him through Jesus.
Isaiah 12:1 You[a] will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.
Salvation from God
“You were angry with me” Most people do not see that because of our sin that God is angry with us. We have a grandfather view of God who just accepts everyone because we are part of His creation but that is not what we are taught in scripture.
Romans 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
As sinners we deserve God’s wrath and separation from Him for all eternity but God in His grace and mercy did something about the wrath we deserve. Jesus died to take the wrath of God away and this is what makes Jesus death and resurrection so amazing because He died the death we deserve.
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Understanding the Holiness of God is crucial to understanding the wrath of God but many people believe that the things that God calls sin are not that big of offenses to Him. People have their own views of God instead of learning what He has revealed about Himself and therefore they believe lies about God and themselves .
Many people are like some hunters that have been lost in the woods for days and when a search party finally finds them their pride will not admit to themselves or to their rescuers that they were lost in the first place. Many people think that because God is love that they automatically get into Heaven. But God calls those who do not accept what Jesus did for them on the cross as lost. (Matthew 15:24) Until you realize you are lost you will not be thankful for being saved. Salvation begins by being saved from God’s wrath and only God can turn away the anger of God. That is why Jesus, God in the flesh, had to die in our place because only God could bring us back to God and not by our own works. Most people think of Salvation as salvation from Hell but it is really salvation from God.
Isaiah 12:2 2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God[b] is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
Salvation is personal
“God is my salvation” God’s salvation is personal in that He personally came down, became a man and died on the cross on our behalf. (John 3:16; John 1:1,14) There is nothing to fear because they are placing their trust that God is the one who can save. The reason why people have no peace is because they are staking their salvation on their own works instead of the work of Jesus Christ. Islam does not believe God would lower Himself to come down to His people but that they must work their way toward Him. This is what separates Christianity from all other religions that believe in God. God knows we cannot do enough good works to earn our way to Him so He took care of it for us.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
This was said to all those who were shocked that Jesus was going to Zacchaeus house. Notice the personal nature of what Jesus is saying about seeking and that He came personally to do it. Jesus told three parables in Luke 15 about a lost sheep, lost coin and lost son. The sheep he went out and found and threw a party. The Coin the entire house was swept to find it. The prodigal son was looked for and then ran after when repented.
“God is my strength, my song and my salvation” This salvation is so personal that the people will break into a love song. Praise is offering God a thank you for removing His wrath from us. A sincere thankful heart will lead to worship and it will no longer be a dull sense of duty that many of them showed to God. Christianity is about the God of the Universe wanting a personal relationship with us to the point that He made a way for our sins to be removed. When we think of God’s salvation we cannot leave out the personal, loving relationship that God is calling us to. Christianity is not a religion it is about having a personal relationship with the God of the universe who created us and loves us. This is not some cold religion but God uses wedding language over and over again to describe the relationship He desires to have with us. Revelation 21 we are said to be a bride prepared for her husband. Ephesians 5 God uses the love of Christ toward us on how we are to love our spouses. In John 1fourteen Jesus uses wedding language to describe coming back to take us where He is. If your thought of Christianity is anything but a personal loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ then you have the wrong view of what Christianity is really about.
Salvation is guaranteed
“I will trust and not be afraid”
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
“Assurance of salvation is a God-given awareness that He has accepted the death of Christ on your behalf and forgiven you of your sin. Assurance includes a sense of freedom from the guilt of sin, relief from the fear of judgment, and joy in your relationship with God as your Father. … But assurance of salvation is not only possible, it should be the normal experience for every Christian.” (How Can I be sure I am a Christian? Donald Whiney, PG. 12)
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
As Christians it is easy to doubt our salvation at times and that is why we have to know the truth about where we stand with God. 1 John 5:13 is a plea to have assurance of their salvation and that was written to Christians who may have been having some doubts. Your assurance of salvation comes from Christ and what He did on the cross and not your works. Because we know that Jesus said “It is finished” (John 19:30) we have the assurance that we are accepted based on His work on the cross and not our works no matter how great they might be.
For more verses on assurance of Salvation see John 6:37; Romans 8:1; 1 John 2:3,5:13; Hebrews 10:22; 2 Peter 1:10; 2 Timothy 1:12
Isaiah 12:3-6 With joy you[c] will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted. 5 “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known[d] in all the earth. 6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your[e] midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
Salvation is Fulfilling
“You will draw water from the wells of salvation” People are longing for something that goes beyond what this world can offer and they will never fully find satisfaction in this world. Jeremiah 2:13 says that people have tried to fill their lives with broken cisterns that leak water. If you can imagine rain filling up an cistern only to come back the next day and all the water has drained out. That is what God says about sin that it seems to bring happiness and joy but in the end it leaves you empty longing for something else. This is why people say that you have a void in your life that only Christ can fulfill because what you were created to have is a loving relationship with God. The very thing you are longing for is found in Jesus Christ but many people are believing the lies of the world that you can be filled if you are popular, rich, good looking or successful. The woman at the well had 5 husbands and was still searching for more and Jesus made a personal stop to see her and to tell her about the only thing that would satisfy which was Himself.
John 4:10-14 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
One of the guarantees we have a Christians is that God places His spirit inside of us which is the living water that Jesus promised.
John 7:37-39 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as[a] the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
The reason people run from job to job, town to town, relationship to relationship, drug to drug is that those things do not satisfy the longing in your heart.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you[a] are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
When you accept the free gift of salvation that comes through following Christ then He gives us His Holy Spirit which fills the longing we so desire. Where and what are you looking to for fulfillment in your life? if it is anything but the relationship you can have with Jesus Christ it will run out.
Salvation is to be shared
“Make known His deeds among the people” Isaiah says that there thankfulness will be so overwhelming that they will share it with everyone they meet. The woman at the well had an experience like that after she learned that Jesus was the long awaited for Messiah she had to tell everyone about her talk with Jesus.
John 4:39-42 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
When you realize what God has done for you then you will be compelled to share it. How often do you hold back great news? Not very often
“Shout and sing for Joy” This would be an intense time of worship similar to when you favorite team wins a game. Our worship of God should be more intense than a sporting event but many times it is not because we do not truly understand our salvation. In heaven we will understand it and there we will worship God for all eternity.
“Worship is joyfully shouting about the exalted glory of God and retelling his wonderful deeds. For worship to become evangelism it has to be done outside the four walls of a church, where non-believers can hear God’s praise.” The New American Commentary, Isaiah, Gary V. Smith, Pg 284)
When your joy of God overflows out of your life it will spill outside the walls of the church. For that to happen you have to understand the personal nature of your relationship with God and the salvation He provided through Jesus Christ.
Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? The only way the wrath of God can be removed from you is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is because of what Christ has done that we have assurance of salvation that when we stand before God that there will be no condemnation (Rom 8:1) If you are looking for the world to satisfy or even a religion you will be disappointed it is only through the personal relationship that God has provided that you will be fulfilled. Our relationship with God is to be like that of Adam and Eve in the garden as we have a personal relationship with our creator.
Who do you need to share Christ with? Who do you know that is looking for other things for fulfillment?
Romans 10:9-10 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.