you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins.
Sin distorts our thinking so we don’t think God heard or answered our prayer.
But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
Sin causes confusion and many dangerous situations.
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly.
They trust in confusion and speak lies;
They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity. . .
Their feet run to evil,
And they hasten to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity,
Devastation and destruction are in their highways.
They do not know the way of peace,
And there is no justice in their tracks;
They have made their paths crooked,
Whoever treads on them does not know peace.
Isaiah 59:4, 7-8
Sin causes things to look increasingly hopeless.
Therefore justice is far from us,
And righteousness does not overtake us;
We hope for light, but behold, darkness,
For brightness, but we walk in gloom.
We grope along the wall like blind men,
We grope like those who have no eyes;
We stumble at midday as in the twilight,
Among those who are vigorous we are like dead men. . . .
For our transgressions are multiplied before You,
And our sins testify against us;
For our transgressions are with us,
And we know our iniquities:
Transgressing and denying the Lord,
And turning away from our God,
Speaking oppression and revolt,
Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.
Isaiah 59:9-10, 12-13
God brings hope.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short
That it cannot save;
Nor is His ear so dull
That it cannot hear. . .
. . . Then His own arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.
Isaiah 59:1 and 16b
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to His great mercy
has caused us to be born again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
1 Peter 1:3