Salvation’s purpose fulfilled
You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love. Isaiah 55:12-13 NLT
When the kingdom of God is established there will be great rejoicing. Isaiah mentioned this outlook several times including our text. “Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!” (Isaiah 35:1-2). “Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done this wondrous thing. Shout for joy, O depths of the earth! Break into song, O mountains and forests and every tree! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob and is glorified in Israel” (Isaiah 44:23). The salvation that God provides to those who will respond to the message of the gospel is not to enrich us psychologically. It is a realization of a bright future. The glory that awaits those that trusted Christ as Lord and Savior will include the creation. It will be wide in scope for everything will be renewed. It will display the character of God and never again there will be sin that led Adam and Eve to fall. Our salvation “will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love” (Isaiah 55:13). God will bring the fulfillment of the salvation He had purposed to give. “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (Romans 8:18-22).