When through the Prophet Isaiah God promised to rescue his people from their bondage in Babylon, the picture of this future salvation is a rich one. It involves the desert becoming a well-watered and verdant garden; a safe highway to the City of God, dramatic healing, and much joyful singing. The period of Israel's exile in Babylon did come to an end and Jerusalem's citizens were permitted to return to their city which had been reduced to rubble. But ultimately the promise delivered by Isaiah involved a greater exile and rescue. It involved sinful humanity's exile from the Garden of Eden and the rescue effected by Christ Jesus our Lord so that we might be travelers on our way to the heavenly city. Those who are travelers on this highway indeed have muchto be joyful for and little wonder they sing with gladness and joy.