Verse 1 reads,
“Who is this who comes from Edom,
in crimsoned garments from Bozrah,
he who is splendid in his apparel,
marching in the greatness of his strength?
“It is I, speaking in righteousness,
mighty to save.”
To whom is this verse referring? It is Jesus. His clothes made deep red by the blood of our enemies marching with might from His victory on the Day of Vengeance. Verse 3 describes it this way,
“I have trodden the winepress alone,
and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood spattered on my garments,
and stained all my apparel.”
In verse 5 He says he had to it alone because there was no one to help Him. Jesus is the only one qualified to defeat the enemy, to redeem His people, and have true victory. Jesus was willing to take our sins onto Himself and become a sacrifice. His blood poured over us makes our garments pure and white. He defeated the enemy on that day. He redeemed us that day. When He returns all those who didn’t accept the gift of redemption from Jesus will pay for their sins with their blood. Revelation 14:20 describes the blood from the final battle this way,
“And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse's bridle, for 1,600 stadia.”
That is a river of blood flowing about 187 miles long and as high as a horse’s bridle.
Victory is not ours because we are good enough. Salvation is not ours because of anything we do. Only Jesus can defeat the enemy. Only Jesus can make us righteous. Isaiah thanked the Lord for His love and mercy in verses 7-9,
“I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,
the praises of the Lord,
according to all that the Lord has granted us,
and the great goodness to the house of Israel
that he has granted them according to his compassion,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
8 For he said, “Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely.”
And he became their Savior.
9 In all their affliction he was afflicted,
and the angel of his presence saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.”
Can you catch a glimpse of the extent of God’s love for you? He took on your affliction, your sin and forgave you so that you could enjoy Him. He is compassionate. He is kind. He is merciful. This same Mighty God who one day singlehandedly will defeat the enemy in a battle that creates a river of blood, loves you with such intensity that He lived, died, and rose again just so you could know Him.
We don’t deserve Him. We don’t warrant His great kindness. We are bad. At least I know I am. I’m envious. I’m prideful. I’m ungrateful. I’m stubborn. But God, in His Holy Spirit loves me and fills me. He teaches and guides, and changes me. He saved me. He lets me share in His conquest. He makes me better, and one day He will complete the transformation of me. I don’t merit any of that! Neither do you. Verses 11-14 describe the Holy Spirit’s steadfast love and patience with us. He doesn’t give up on us. He leads us to freedom and rest even through our rebellion.
Then he remembered the days of old,
of Moses and his people.
Where is he who brought them up out of the sea
with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is he who put in the midst of them
his Holy Spirit,
12 who caused his glorious arm
to go at the right hand of Moses,
who divided the waters before them
to make for himself an everlasting name,
13 who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert,
they did not stumble.
14 Like livestock that go down into the valley,
the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
So you led your people,
to make for yourself a glorious name.”
Remember what God has done for you. Take account of where you once were and where you are now. Then praise the Lord for His never ending perfect and great love.