Emmanuel Church Canterbury

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Talk
The Salvation That Brings Joy
Christmas 2019
Bible Passage

Isaiah 12 (Listen)

The Lord Is My Strength and My Song

12:1   You1 will say in that day:
  “I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
    for though you were angry with me,
  your anger turned away,
    that you might comfort me.
  “Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
  for the LORD GOD2 is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.”

With joy you3 will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:

  “Give thanks to the LORD,
    call upon his name,
  make known his deeds among the peoples,
    proclaim that his name is exalted.
  “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
    let this be made known4 in all the earth.
  Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
    for great in your5 midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

Footnotes

[1] 12:1 The Hebrew for you is singular in verse 1
[2] 12:2 Hebrew for Yah, the Lord
[3] 12:3 The Hebrew for you is plural in verses 3, 4
[4] 12:5 Or this is made known
[5] 12:6 The Hebrew for your in verse 6 is singular, referring to the inhabitant of Zion

(ESV)

Revelation 7:9–17 (Listen)

A Great Multitude from Every Nation

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15   “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
    and serve him day and night in his temple;
    and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16   They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
    the sun shall not strike them,
    nor any scorching heat.
17   For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
    and he will guide them to springs of living water,
  and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

(ESV)