After delivering oracles concerning God’s judgments against various peoples, Isaiah delivers a message about equality from God. This is not the kind of equality we like. God promises to judge equally all the nations of the world: man and woman, rich and poor, high and low. This judgment will mean a loss of mirth and gladness in the land.

Oddly enough, Isaiah calls such judgement “wonderful” (Isaiah 25:1), reasoning that such judgment means “cities of ruthless nations will fear you” (Isaiah 25:3) and that God will prove for the poor a “shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat” (Isaiah 25:4). Isaiah looks beyond the days where God will judge the whole world justly for their evil toward a day where God will refill the entire earth with the gladness formerly taken away.

In addition to removing the scourge of death and the tears from the bereaved, God will fill His holy city with a grand feast. The parties that we have thrown in our days will seem like children’s tea parties in comparison to the celebrations where we receive the best from the hand of God. Isaiah sees a day where we will feast on God’s love as one. This vision from Isaiah (as well as Isaiah 55) of God’s future for His people is one of a few passages that is instrumental in the language of our mission: “Inviting Chicago to feast on the love of Jesus.” Certainly, the vision of Isaiah promising no more tears or death still awaits us now (see Revelation 21-22). At the same time, Jesus Himself is heaven’s greatest prize and He offers Himself freely that we might enjoy eternal life right now by feasting on His love (see John 6:35-51 and John 17:3).

God’s great future, where the shroud is lifted, has broken into today if we will gaze at Christ with eyes of faith. And as we do, we will see in faint glimpses what we will see and know perfectly one day (1 Corinthians 13:12). I cannot wait for God’s party in HIs Holy City with His Holy Son as our host and home! In the meantime, let us make God our refuge in the storm.