17 Days - Isaiah 42:1-4
Today we're going to be crackin' in to the Lord's Servant and the character of His Servant. Around 700 BC this was prophesied,
"Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”
In this passage, the Lord is calling out to all people and He's saying please behold my Servant! He is coming to save you! I have a redemption plan for you, listen! Behold means to study or set focus upon. God is telling everyone everywhere to study and set focus upon His Servant, Jesus Christ. How do we know this prophecy is fulfilled? How do we know the Servant is Jesus Christ? Let's take a look at a few more verses in Scripture:
Matthew 25:28, Jesus speaking to His apostles: "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 23:10-11: "Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant."
Acts 3:13 "The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go."
Acts 3:26 "When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
Acts 4:27 "Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed."
Don't you just love when the Bible proves itself over and over and over again? Jesus is not only a servant, He is The Servant, the Chosen One, the Elect! When God repeats something in the Bible, when God repeats something to you, listen up. There is a reason why God affirms something time and time again, not only in the written Word but what He speaks over you. In today's study, that is the reaffirmation of Jesus's character with servitude.
This repetition of Jesus Christ being God's Servant foretold what Jesus would do for us: die on a cross to bear the penalty for our sins. A sinless and blameless man, perfect in all attributes, to cry and sweat blood before His crucifixion ("Severe mental anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system to invoke the stress Fight-or-flight response to such a degree as to cause hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands.It has been suggested that acute fear and extreme stress can cause hematidrosis"), to be flogged 39 times ("the maximum number of strokes allowed was 40; and that they would stop at 39 just in case they miscounted one and might go over, in which case the flogger could be punished"), crowned with a sharp crown of thorns to pierce his temples, carrying a heavy wooden cross for a third of a mile, then being nailed through bone of hands and feet to hang before the public on the rugged and splintering cross. Jesus is the ultimate Servant, laying down His life for you so that you may be saved if you so believe in and follow Him.
Need further proof? Here's biblical Word on how this prophecy was fulfilled:
"Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about him. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 'Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.'" (Matthew 12:15–21).
The beautiful thing about all of this was that God had this planned from the very beginning of time. God has always wanted to save us and have a relationship with each and every one of us. He created a Servant for us individually and for the world. God planned Jesus's birth, He created Christmas, so that we may have a future with Him if we choose to abide in Him.
Questions to Reflect on:
What does servant mean to you? What was one time you felt served?
How do you feel served by Jesus laying down His life for you?
Do you have the character of a servant? How can you serve others better?
Reflect on Jesus's crucifixion and what this means to you. Write a prayer to God. Thank Him for sending you a Servant. Ask Him to help mold you into the character of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.