“You 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.’”
– Isaiah 12:1
When Isaiah writes, “in that day”, he is speaking about the day of the New Covenant in Jesus, the day that, for him, has not yet come.
For us, though, the day being referred to is the day in which we live right now.
We are not justified by the law (works) any longer, as the Old Testaments saints (i.e. Isaiah) were. Instead we are justified “through faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal. 2:16) as believers under the New Covenant.
This verse, then, is Isaiah foreseeing a day to come when God’s anger will be turned away from his rebellious creation and those who believe it will have reason aplenty to rejoice in it.
God is the only one who can turn away the anger of God and he did so by crushing his Son. God did not turn his anger away because he was wishy-washy; he could not let our sin go unpunished. Something had to happen to that anger; it did not just disappear.
That anger was poured out FULLY on Jesus Christ at the cross.
This Jesus did not sin; he did not deserve the consequence of God’s anger. That consequence was on us. Jesus should have been comforted for a life of perfection, but instead he was tortured and killed.
The only way that we are able to rejoice as Isaiah said we would, the only way that God turns away his anger so that he may comfort us, is if he turned his anger to Christ and took away his deserved comfort to give it to undeserving us. Grace is unmerited favor and mercy is not getting what we deserved.
Because of Jesus, we are comforted by God (grace) and His anger is turned away from us (mercy).
Let our hearts now bear the truth of verse two:
“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 (because of Jesus) become my salvation.” (12:2)
– Jacob Simmons, Family Pastor