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Isa 40:1-8


Isa 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever


Hear the words of the LORD. Comfort my people. God’s people need to be comforted. I need to be comforted. There are no words of comfort for unbelievers. None. God’s people are not to be berated and beaten down. Here is a comfort. "The glory of the LORD shall be revealed." This is good news, for the glory of the LORD is Jesus Christ. He will be revealed, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.

"What shall I cry? All flesh is grass." All men die. In Adam, all die. Death is common to man even though he does his best to deny and avoid it. "The goodliness thereof is as the flower in the field." Great. Flowers do not last as long as grass does. Man’s goodliness is not too good. The rich young ruler came and called Jesus "good master." Christ replied: why do you call me good? There is none good but God. He does not call Jesus good after that. This does not seem very comforting. Grass withers and flowers fade. More good news. The people are grass. All flesh is grass. We cannot avoid death. "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Rom 5:12). Where did the comfort go? Here it is. "The word of our God shall stand forever." The promises of God are forever. He has revealed Himself to His people. Christ is the Good shepherd, who tends His flock perfectly. He gathers the lambs and carries them in His bosom, and gently leads those that are with young (Isa 40:11). The mouth of the LORD has spoken it. It will come to pass. Jesus Christ promised believers eternal life. Our bodies will cease to function, but that is not the end. We may have to walk to the valley of the shadow of death, but today the thief from the cross is with Him in paradise. Paul said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The people are grass; grass dies. Believers will die and then will be with Jesus Christ. The word of the Lord will stand forever. Amen.

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