Wednesday, December 8, 2010

God’s Chosen Servant - December 8, 2010

Isaiah 42:1-4 (New Century Version)
1 "Here is my servant, the one I support.
He is the one I chose, and I am pleased with him.
I have put my Spirit upon him,
and he will bring justice to all nations.

2 He will not cry out or yell
or speak loudly in the streets.
3 He will not break a crushed blade of grass
or put out even a weak flame.

He will truly bring justice;
4 he will not lose hope or give up
until he brings justice to the world.
And people far away will trust his teachings."


I continue to marvel how the prophet Isaiah was able to prophesy so accurately the coming of Jesus Christ to the earth seven centuries before it happened. These prophecies for Christians tie the Old Testament and the New Testament together, and it can be easily seen with a little study that the Old Testament points to "the coming" of our Lord and Savior to save us from our sins.

Only in the Bible is prophecy this accurate, yet many in this world are reluctant to accept the truths found in it. Have you ever asked yourself why this is so? Is is it lack of knowledge, bacause non-believers will not take the time to read the Bible? Is it willful disregard for the Bible, because people are afraid of what it they will find out about themselves? Or is it our right rejection, because although it can be seen as truth, people would rather pursue their own agenda and reject God?

There are probably many reasons why people reject God's chosen servant, yet rejection of God's free gift in this life, will lead to eternal consequences that no one really want to experience. This Christmas Season, why not surrender yourself to Jesus? Why not accept the baby in the manger for who he truly is, God's chosen servant and our redeemer? It is rare that we are given the chance to respond to God. Be sure you do before it is too late.

Matthew 12:15-21 (New International Version, ©2010)
15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 “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.

19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.

21 In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

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