The Messiah of the Old Testament prophecies

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.”  Isaiah 42:1-4.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Isaiah 40-42, and 2 Peter 3.

Isaiah tells of the coming Messiah.

Many of the Jews clung to verses such as these as Israel’s history came and went.

Someone special would be coming.  That One would transform the world into what it was supposed to be.

When Jesus came out of the Jordan waters, after being baptized by John, God’s Spirit fell on Him.

You look at how this anointed One would act and you can see how Jesus could be unwelcome by many.  Jesus was going to be a “low-key” Messiah.  He wasn’t going to organize an army of followers and throw out the Romans.  BUT He still was going to bring justice and care for the needy.

You can tell in this prophecy that things were not going to be easy for Jesus YET He was not going to relent from what He was sent to do.

God’s way of “bringing justice” was to take everyone’s sins away.  This is part of the Good News……….our sins are gone.  The other part of the Good News was the Resurrection………….we have new life.  The Resurrection ushered in God’s Kingdom.  We are assigned to work in Him in that kingdom and transform the earth into what He wants it to be.  He promised (more Good News!) that He will come back and finish the transformation of our earth into the new earth.

Plenty to be excited about!

“Lord, I thank You for the Old Testament.  I thank You for the OT prophecies such as the one today.  You are the Messiah.  Your return is certain.  Enable me to be a transformer on this earth.  Open my eyes/ears to what You want me doing and give me the will to get things done for You.  Help me, I beg.”

The Messiah has come!  Did you miss the Good News?

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