Isaiah 35: Headed to Zion
Isaiah 35 sounds like a pretty good place. Things are going well at this time. Even though we have had some depressing chapters for quite a while, this one is definitely looking better.
Isa 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Isa 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
Isa 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
I want to focus on verse eight because it feels like a Jesus prophecy (I feel like I should have a little trumpet fanfare after I say that)! There is a road, and it is called the way of holiness. Jesus called Himself the way as you might remember.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
This verse is an even stronger allusion to Jesus in the fact that the unclean will not walk on it. The only way to follow Jesus is to become clean. We accept His forgiveness, and we are no longer unclean.
Now, those of us who are redeemed are walking on this road, and we are returning to Zion. I guess the obvious question is what Zion refers to. Sometimes, it seems to refer to Jerusalem. However, is that what we are talking about here?
I don’t think so. Jesus Christ does not lead us to the earthly city of Jerusalem, but one day we are going to go to New Jerusalem. There will be an eternal home for all of those who follow Christ, and it will fulfill all of the requirements in verse 10. It will be a home of joy and gladness, and sorrow will not have a place there.
This looks like a picture of salvation to me. When we follow the Way, there is a better future. Jesus Christ is the hope that we have.