Because of God’s servant the “barren woman” can “shout for joy,” for “more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband” (Isaiah 54:1). God will give children to those who have no children because the servant of Isaiah has borne our iniquities and took our punishment. Now, barren women will have spiritual children of their own as they lead others to the true Servant for atonement who will “see his offspring and prolong his days” after being crushed (Isaiah 53:10). These children will benefit from the servant’s work in many ways as they are promised: “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12).

Since the grace of God and the sacrifice of God’s Servant make this possible, let us heed these words: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost” (Isaiah 55:1). Such lavish grace cannot be earned, so just receive it with gladness this new year.