Mighty to Save
Originally scheduled for February 2
Who is this who comes from Edom, With garments of glowing colors
from Bozrah, This One who is majestic in His apparel, Marching in
the greatness of His strength?
"It is I who
speak in righteousness, mighty to save."
(Isaiah 63:1 NASB)
In an eerie foreshadowing of the book of
Revelation, Isaiah sees here in prophetic vision the coming of the
Day of the Lord. It is a day of vengeance and punishment. He sees
the Christ, as John did in Revelation, coming as if from battle. It
is beyond the scope of a communion meditation to interpret chapter
63 of Isaiah. Indeed, the various commentators disagree quite a bit
about how to do so. But I would bring your attention to the last
sentence in the first verse. “It is I who speak in righteousness,
mighty to save.” These are red letter words.
He is mighty to save. Speaking just of those
things which happen to a person who is already a Christian, this is
He is mighty to save, to keep his
people holy. If you are beset by sin, have you appealed to him and
his gracious mercy delivered in his magnificent power?
He is mighty to save, to cause his
people to grow in love and in righteousness. These are tender plants
and must be watched over. A gardener knows that some plants must be
kept out of the weather, at least at first. Your Lord knows this
about your love and righteousness and will save them from being
He is mighty to save, to produce
great works from the least of his people. Over and again, Christ
uses the least, the sinful, to do the great things of the church.
Moses had murdered a man and complained of being unable to speak in
This is the Christ who speaks in righteousness.
Power alone, without righteousness, is destruction. He speaks to us
today through this communion.
He speaks righteousness by way of
example: he is the Suffering Servant. If he was willing to endure
the cross to bring righteousness to his children, surely his
children should be willing to follow his example. Communion reminds
us of this.
He speaks righteousness through his
confidence in the resurrection. Despite the suffering of the cross,
he knew that God the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, would
raise him from the grave. We too should have such confidence, and
live in the power of the resurrection. Communion reminds us of this.
He speaks righteousness by this great
example of God’s love. God loved us so much that he gave his only
Son. Believe in him, and be a child of God. Communion reminds us of
Communion reminds us not only of the power of
Christ, but also the righteousness of Christ. If you stay in his
care, he is mighty to save. If you will listen to his words you will
hear him speak in righteousness. You can see both in communion.