#133 – Death Swallowed Up (Isaiah 25:7–9) - Radical

#133 – Death Swallowed Up (Isaiah 25:7–9)

Isaiah 25:7-9. And if you listen to yesterday’s podcast, from Isaiah 24, Isaiah 25 is going to be particularly encouraging, so verse seven, “And he will swallow up on this mountain, the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people, he will take away from all the Earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God. We have waited for him that he might save us. This is the Lord. We have waited for him. Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.'”

One day death itself will be no more, and God Himself will wipe away our tears.

Oh, what a promise. Did you hear that? Like, death, this shroud that covers all peoples and all nations, is one day going to be swallowed up forever. He will swallow up death forever, that the Lord God will wipe away tears from all our faces. I just think about death. I think about funerals of family members, close friends that I’ve been to, been part of, and I am guessing you have. Like, just the pain, the hurt, the tears, and the good news of Isaiah 25 is that one day, death itself will be no more. Like, no more death. No more tears, that God himself will wipe away the tears from all our faces.

This is what we wait for. That’s why verse nine’s so important, “Behold, this is our God. We have waited for him, that he might save us. We have waited for him. Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” So, obviously, I don’t know what’s going on in your life, your family right now. Maybe you have walked through, in recent days even, seeing a family member or a friend die, or in the future, obviously. None of us is guaranteed tomorrow. Nobody around us guaranteed tomorrow. So we live in the shadow, so to speak, of death. But, be encouraged today. One day, death itself will be swallowed up forever.

Oh God, we praise you for that promise. We praise you for your love. We praise you, Lord Jesus, for dying on the cross for us, for experiencing the judgment we deserve for our sin, for taking that judgment, holy wrath, penalty of death upon yourself in our place. We praise you for the gospel. We praise you for your resurrection from the dead. And we praise you for the hope we have, even amidst tears in this world, that one day, you’re going to wipe all those tears from our eyes, and we will never, ever, ever see, experience, the pain of death.

God, we praise you for eternal life and the promise of it, and we rejoice in it. We are glad in your salvation. Help us. Help us to hold onto this hope and help us to proclaim this hope. God, please use us today to proclaim this hope, so that people around us that we live with and we work around, that we play with, and God, that people among the nations, this shroud covers the nations. God, please use our lives, our families, our churches in this world to proclaim the good news of the king who’s conquered death, so they might know this hope. Use us to do that today, we pray, in Jesus’ name, amen.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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