Jesus is God’s Beloved Chosen Servant. Hope in Him.
Writing to lead us to trust, hope in Messiah Jesus, Matthew again quotes Isaiah. Jesus may not be what we expected, but He is God’s chosen, beloved Servant. His ministry is powerful, yet low key, dynamic, but not drum-beating for attention. The Lord’s servant is tender with the hurting, outcasts. Someday He will bring full and final justice for the oppressed, and all nations–not just Jews–will put their confidence in Him (Matthew 12:15-21). We must too!
“Then he told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and it was restored, as good as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, how they might kill him. Jesus was aware of this and withdrew. Large crowds followed him, and he healed them all. He warned them not to make him known, so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
He will not argue or shout,
and no one will hear his voice in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed,
and he will not put out a smoldering wick,
until he has led justice to victory.
The nations will put their hope in his name. (Matthew 12:13-21 –CSB)
Put Your Hope in Jesus! God’s Son:
Fulfills the Scriptures; Fully, Perfectly (Isaiah 42:1-4)
Is the Lord’s Servant, God’s Chosen, Beloved One
Remember His baptism? Matthew 3:13-17; 17:5
Is Spirit-Anointed to Fulfill God’s Mission (Matthew 3:16)
The Only Begotten Son (Mathew 1, 2; John 1, 3; 1 John 4, 5)
The Righteous One, of Ultimate Justice, Judgment (25:31-46)
Gently Seeks Those Bowed by Life, the Hopeless
Not looking for cheap wins, flesh-driven “gotchas” (Isaiah 53)
Not putting on a public show to build fame (cf. 6:5; 11:29)
Shows mercy to outcasts, forgotten, suffering (11:28-30; Luke 15)
Will Someday Establish Righteousness, Justice
His Kingdom WILL come (Matthew 13; 25; Revelation 19-22; Jude)
Put your confidence, faith in Him (Hebrews 12:1-7)
Ask God to expose, expel all false ideas about Jesus. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Recommit to let Scripture define who Jesus is. (Psalm 1; Romans 12:1, 2)
Look at/to Him! Review these hope-filled truths about God’s Son.