Saturday, January 22, 2011

Beauty for Ashes

I am going through the Bible Study "Breaking Free" by Beth Moore. One of the crucial passages is Isaiah 61:1-4 (Talking of Jesus, the Messiah, it says):
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has annointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeneance of our God; To comfort all those who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes. The oil of joy for their mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."
And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations."

This has to be one of the most beautiful passages I have ever read in my entire life. I cannot get over it! Christ came not only to save us but to make us WHOLE! He wants to heal our broken hearts, set us free from our bondage, and comfort us in our mourning! It is such a beautiful picture of His everlasting and never ending love for us. I am overwhelmed when I read this!
One of the best pictures in my mind is that of giving us beauty for ashes. Here we are, human: desolate, depraved, broken. He wants to create something beautiful from our torn, broken pieces of our lives. Not only that but we were in bondage before He came. And we go back to bondage every time we sin. Christ wants to set us free.
Verse four talks about rebuilding the old ruins. What are your ruins? What are the parts of your life that simply aren't what they should be? The hurts, the betrayels, the emotions...God wants to heal them, to rebuild them, to RAISE THEM UP. Won't you let Him?

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