In this passage, Jerusalem is asked to dress up and take a seat in honor (52:1-2), opposite of Babylon who was told to go sit in the dust in rags (47:1). Similarly, God has a glorious position prepared for those who are in Christ, but people must know they are lost before they can know they can be saved. We must first understand how enslaved we are to our own sins, from which we need to be freed (52:2).
When believers live as if they are captive to sin, what we are saying to a dying world is that God can’t save us from it. Like it or not, we have been called to carry a divine reputation. We will only be able to do this through the power of the Holy Spirit. What a privilege and honor it is to be the feet that bring good news, but we can only swiftly carry that news if we stop holding onto the chains of sin that have already been broken.
How is repentance of sin revealed in your life, both privately and publicly?