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Come Thirsty. Respond to the Gospel.

July 21, 2013

Passage: Isaiah 54:1-5 Speaker: Pastor Lukus Counterman Series: Come Thirsty

Length: 42 mins 50 secs Plays: 3627

Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In his saving work, the Servant of Isaiah 53 has done everything. He has removed transgression, established righteousness, and created a family of redeemed sinners – all this by his death, burial, and resurrection. This good news, this Gospel, is worth savoring. But how do we do that? How do we revel in another’s success or take joy in another’s accomplishments? Isaiah 54 unfolds our necessary response to the Savior’s work. It describes how we must react to the supreme worth of the Gospel. We must respond with joy, expectation, and confidence. We must sing for joy because the Lord will miraculously transform our bleak situation into one of bounty. We must respond with expectation because the Lord will sovereignly increase his people. And we must respond with confidence because the Lord will lovingly rescue us from the past and provide for our future. All of this requires faith. It takes faith for the broken to rejoice, for the barren to live in expectation, and for the fearful to dwell in confidence. But God is the provider and enabler of such faith. He doesn’t just call us to be joyful. He is the husband and maker who brings joy. He doesn’t just command us to expect great things. He is the Lord of Hosts and God of all the earth who meets our expectations. He doesn’t just say, “live in peace.” He is the Holy One, the Redeemer who lovingly secures us so that we can rest in Him. So, how do we savor the supreme worth of the Gospel? How do we react to the saving work of the Servant? We live with joy, expectation and confidence based on the One who makes those things possible.