- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On November 28, 2017
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The book of Isaiah gives some prophecies about Jesus, the Messiah. The most popular is in chapter 9, verse 6.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
But there is another passage in the book of Isaiah that tells us some interesting things about our Redeemer that can serve not only to strengthen us but are worthy of emulation. That passage is Isaiah 42:1-4:
“1. Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.”
3 ATTRIBUTES OF JESUS TO INSPIRE AND ENCOURAGE US IDENTIFIED
1. God calls Jesus, “my servant … in whom my soul delighteth.” (v. 1)
Jesus was given a very tough ministry: to preach reconciliation to God and die to bring that about, his blood being the price for our redemption from sin. And he did this so wholeheartedly he described it as his meat.
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” – John 4:34
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” – 1 Peter 1:18-20
How well are we serving God? Are we considering anything He has asked us to do too much of a sacrifice? God said of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” – (Matthew 3:17) I believe it was Christ’s willingness to take on a physical body to suffer and die for humanity that informed that declaration.
“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'” – Hebrews 10:5-7 (ESV)Are we considering anything God has asked us to do too much of a sacrifice? Click To Tweet
The Bible clearly explains how we can excite God in scriptures such as the two below.
“The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” -Psalm 147:11 (NIV)
“… to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2
How submissive are we to God? How obedient are we to His word? Bear in mind that His grace is available to enable us live according to His commands.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. – Titus 2:11 -14 (ESV)How submissive are we to God? How obedient are we to His word? Click To Tweet
2. Jesus is described as tender and sensitive: “A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench.” (v. 3)
Jesus was compassionate in the way he dealt with sinners and outcasts. He visited tax collectors, confounded those who wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery, cleansed lepers through touch, etc. When the hardhearted Pharisees protested about what they saw as his fraternisation with sinners, he told them:
“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:31-32
This is a big source of encouragement to us to come to God, not run away from Him, when we have sinned. Sin brings its own punishment: sicknesses, addictions, impoverishment, etc. For example, AIDS is linked to sodomy (as one of its causes), cirrhosis of the liver to alcoholism; drug addictions to recreational drug use, sex addictions to pornography reading or viewing; impoverishment to gambling, ostentatious and wild living above one’s means, and so on. People so afflicted are already bruised and battered. Jesus comes into their lives not to crush them further or extinguish hopes of rescue. He brings deliverance. Above all, he heals their rift with God so that they can leave this life with the confidence they will be with Him forever.
No matter how low we have sunk, Jesus can lift us up. No matter the evil we have done, He can cleanse and pardon us and make us brand new. He will not look down on or turn up his nose at us.No matter how low we have sunk, Jesus can cleanse and lift us up. Click To Tweet
What then is our attitude if we have been saved and restored? Do we discriminate against those who haven’t had that privilege? Do we pummel them with the idea that we are better than them? Are we harsh in judging others? Or are we as loving as Christ, thereby drawing many to salvation? Many of the tax collectors Jesus ate in their homes repented. Matthew, one of the 12 apostles, was one example. While we shouldn’t compromise on holiness to accommodate sinners, showing kindness unconditionally can open doors for the gospel that we can’t by expounding precepts alone.Are we harsh towards others or are we as loving as Christ, drawing many to salvation? Click To Tweet
Remember the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican. The Pharisee who trusted in his own righteousness and looked down on the other man was condemned.
“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”- Luke 18:10-14
Sometimes, we condemn other Christians with as much vehemence as the unsaved. So I’m sharing this great quip I saw on Humour from a Pentecostal Pew recently. It read something like this:
“I had a conversation with God the other day. He didn’t ask me what Joel Osteen was doing. He asked me what I was doing.”
When we refuse to extend mercy and grace to others, we make the gospel unattractive to unbelievers and prevent ourselves from effectively correcting and restoring erring Christians.
3. Jesus is committed to ensuring divine justice on earth. “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth”. (v. 4)
The enemy fights God’s salvation plan in the lives of people. He also fights the fulfilment of God’s promises to us. But Jesus does not give up on our case. It is injustice to be bound by addiction and other afflictions when Jesus has bought our freedom. It is injustice to be buffeted by sin when we have confessed Christ. Jesus is mindful of our weaknesses and trials and is working on our behalf.
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” – Hebrews 7:25.Jesus does not give up on us in our weaknesses and trials. Click To Tweet
If God delivered you once and you suffered a relapse, don’t resign to that evil fate. Deliverance with Jesus is continual.
“Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” – 2 Corinthians 1:10.
The day is coming fast when the tempter will be forever defeated.
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” – Romans 16:20
Hallelujah! If Jesus is committed to bringing us out and destroying our tormentors, dare we give up?
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16
Hang in there, child of God! Because our all-encompassing redemption is nearer now than when we first believed (Romans 13:11).
Amen in Jesus’ name.
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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