I was reading the Bible and I came across a really pivotal passage for the times we are living in now. "Therefore 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 away. Isaiah 51:11.
Look at the first sentence....." The redeemed of the Lord." Jesus Christ paid our price when we could not pay for our sins. We were redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus because of our faith in Him. That alone is cause for us to be jumping up and down with joy all day long.
We were separated from God because of our sin and were headed to hell which is a horrible place. One day Jesus shows up and saves us from our sins. We became a new creature in Him. The basic understanding I am getting from this passage is after we get redeemed many parts of us (mind, body, soul) go through hardships in life.
This verse implies the birth, death and resurrection of our lives as children of God. We got saved (Rejoicing) then God starts to work on us (oftentimes a death process because God is crucifying our flesh through circumstances) and then comes resurrection.
Once again I am only talking about the basic principle of this verse. I am not even looking at the historical background. This verse is talking about our resurrection through Jesus Christ.
It is almost as if God is saying, "Children I know I had to crucify your flesh through circumstances and it was painful but you are on the other side now " (resurrection). Flesh is that independent streak in us that likes to rise up against God. This is enmity to the Triune Godhead.
The redeemed of the Lord are home in this verse and they are singing. This is a verbal expression of joy if it is for God.
I am a writer and love reaching out to the lost for Jesus Christ but there is something so special about being able to minister to the vulnerable bride. God is tightening His grip on some of His children because we are so close to His return.
It is a Job experience. If this is happening to you rejoice because God is taking an interest in you. He knows exactly what circumstance to put in our lives and God usually won't talk about it with us. Job asked God five questions and He did not answer one.
We may go crazy trying to figure it out but if God were to tell us we would not understand on this side anyway. If God were to open up with this truth He might say our situation is going to get worse. God knows we would not be able to handle that answer. In His grace He usually remains silent. I have been going through something big but Jesus has told me more about the next life than my life.
God works in mysterious ways. We might think this is not practical but we are not God. We might want to say," My life is in total shambles right now but I am not in control. God is in control." Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1 Peter 1:8.
What is the outcome? The next verse says, "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:9. In the next part of this verse the Bible says and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. It is not just joy for a season. It is everlasting joy. They shall obtain gladness and joy.
This is a gift from God that He is going to put in our spirit. We will be glad. We will be joyful. Be patient with your Christian brothers and sisters because they may be going through something. They may need you to council them. Remember God usually remains silent on these matters so it is usually a fragile situation.
How many times have we taken a look at our life or a friend's life and observed broken pieces of a shattered soul? God may have been the author of that trial and I promise you He will see you all the way through to the other side. The last sentence of this verse says and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Why is it fleeing away? Because the presence of the unspeakable joy and glory of Jesus Christ is filling them and they are singing to the Lord. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your heart then understand this process of birth, death and resurrection can not take place in your life.
Some type of sin is probably residing in your spirit and if one continues in that then the wages of sin is death. There will never be resurrection through Jesus Christ in that state.
What I just explained is way better than what the devil has in store for you. His plan is death and more death although it may look like life at first glance. I would urge anyone to accept Jesus Christ into their heart because He is life.