Help from a servant? (Isaiah 42)

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
    my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
    he will bring forth justice to the nations. Isaiah 42:1

Last Friday I attended a pastors conference in Florida for a time of refreshment and recharging of my spiritual batteries.  One of the speakers did a very unusual thing. He did a role play with the audience.  He took the role of an atheist and asked the audience to ask questions with the intent of convincing him that Jesus is real.

Brothers and sisters, it was a power-packed 45 minutes.  And to be honest, there were moments when I wondered if some of the participants really knew who Jesus was.

This is one of the many reasons we are spending this year, “At the feet of Jesus.” Consider with me, Isaiah 42.  The prophet of God is warning Israel of the coming judgment of God.  The nation will be placed under rule of the Assyrian empire, 722.  Judah will face in 605 B.C.  But in the midst of their rebellion, Isaiah prophecies of a coming servant that would bring hope to the world.

Question: “How can a servant help anyone?”  Answer, “If that servant is Jesus.”  In this chapter the prophet describes the ministry of Jesus:

  • He is God’s chosen servant, Vs: 1-2

God the Father delights in Him.  We are reminded of this at Jesus baptism, Mk. 1:11-12.  The Spirit of the living God is on Him.

  • He is fulfilling God’s chosen plan, Vs: 3-4.

He is coming to establish justice on the earth.  He will come to be our Savior not a superstar. He will redeem the broken.  He will not give up or give in.  He will fulfill His purpose.

  • He will establish a new covenant with the people, Vs: 5-9.

Because of this the entire world will have the opportunity to be right with God.  Matt. 12:21 “In Him the Gentiles will have hope.”

Brothers and sisters, The God I serve has come and died on the cross in my place.  He has risen from the dead and He has ascended to the Father and He is coming again.

As His servant, this is my calling to serve Him by sharing Him with others.  Question: “Are you His servant?”  If you are, you are called to the most important task in our day.  I am praying that you serve well today.

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