As we look forward to the new year, we consider that Christians have a future full of hope in the Gospel. We see that Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 40 is a message of comfort, as we can now relate to God without guilt and judgment in Christ. It is a message to prepare - when Christ comes, He will be a noble visitor! It is a message to trust wisely - our whole trust should be in the Lord and not on man. It is a message to be proclaimed widely - the Good News of the Gospel should be spread boldly, far and wide.