“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
This verse hit me hard this week and I felt that it was appropriate that I mentioned it on Maundy Thursday. The thing that struck me was that the verse was loaded with Messianic expectation, and I just had to write about it. Looking back with a New Testament perspective, one can see that this passage looked forward to the revealing of the Messiah Jesus. Isaiah anticipated that the LORD, the covenant keeping God, would pronounce salvation to His people. Even in times of trouble, the LORD protected His people. He brought them out of Egypt and would bring them back from exile. Indeed He would not stop there with these physical acts, but would take salvation to an even grander scale.
In Genesis, God promised to bless the world through Abraham’s descendents. He would deliver on His promise to Abraham of blessing the entire world and provide the pathway to reconciliation among Jew and Gentile. This reconciliation and uniting of Jew and Gentile came through Jesus. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, would literally become our salvation. He would clothe Himself with flesh and live on this planet. He was crucified under Pontius Pilate and made to be shameful in order to bring us life. He removed our guilt and shame through the scandal of the cross. The Messiah also provided us a Way to eternal life through His death and resurrection. He became our salvation in His life.
Jesus also said if you trust in God; trust also in Him (Jn 14:1). It is truly wonderful that Jesus not only took away our sin but He also then offered us life. It is only in our trusting in Him can we sing the hymn Paul quoted in Colossians about the cosmic Lord. For it is in Christ that we have life and can live as humans were meant to live, in right relationship with our God.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.