“The Lord has made bare His holy arm In the eyes of all the nations; And all the ends of the earth shall see The salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:10 NKJV)
From whom do you seek your salvation? Who do you look to for help, to be rescued from your time of trouble? Who will rescue this nation from its troubles? Who will rescue the world from its troubles? The Lord God of Scripture “has made bare His holy arm”; has openly demonstrated/revealed to the nations His salvation. In Isaiah’s day the power of God’s salvation was seen by all nations as He delivered His people from their bondage to Egypt and drove the nations out of the Promised Land, defeating the enemies of Israel and the enemies of the Lord God. God’s power was seen by the nations in the Old Testament; His holy arm was made bare as He executed His justice making known to them that there is no other God, no other savior, besides the Lord God of Israel.
In the New Testament, the nations saw God’s holy strength made manifest in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He who was publicly crucified on the cross, dead and buried; and on the third day rose from the dead. In this showing of God’s power Jesus Christ obtained for sinners “the salvation of our God”; salvation from the penalty, power and presence of sin. By His death He satisfied for all time the justice of God and in His resurrection Christ defeated death. It is in this resurrection power that saved sinners are made alive from being dead in trespasses and sin and are assured of everlasting life in the new heaven and the new earth with a glorious new body forever to the glory of God. This is God’s salvation of sinners; this is the gospel of God in Jesus Christ, not man’s salvation of himself, which is no salvation at all and no gospel; but another gospel.
It is a salvation that no human can do or will do, except one the Incarnate Word; Jesus Christ. Christ alone satisfied God’s justice bearing in His body and soul the wrath of God against sinners, paying the penalty for their sins on their behalf and purchasing them from the bondage to sin; the power of sin. He alone sanctifies the sinner by the power of His might. By His mighty arm He washes away the sins of those for whom He has saved by the shedding of His precious blood, and by Holy Spirit’s resurrection power sinners are made alive from being dead in trespasses and sins.
This is the salvation of God that “all the ends of the earth shall see,” was seen in Jesus Christ; just as Simeon declared in Luke 2:29-32, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32 NKJV)
Yet, how shall “The eyes of all the nations” see the power of God’s salvation if His saints are not actively proclaiming it? Consider prayerfully how you might be able to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:14). Though it is always good to help our neighbor in their time of material need, whether the need is for food, clothing, etc.; it is the eternal salvation of our neighbor that ought to be the priority of every believer. The best humanitarian effort a believer can engage in is in declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the power of God to salvation (Romans 1 :16). As you do the nations will see “the salvation of our God” that is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone and real change will be seen as God transforms sinners by the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, making alive those who are dead in trespasses and sin. While the troubles of this world won’t go away until Christ comes again because of sin’s affect since the fall of Adam, those who belong to Christ by faith alone will see the salvation of God who will strengthen and preserve them by “His holy arm” to the end, when at last ours and God’s enemies will be utterly destroyed, including death.
Won’t you this day ‘make bare the holy arm of God’ and declare to your neighbor “the salvation of God” through Jesus Christ?
Soli Deo Gloria!