December 11: Jesus is the Perfect Servant

Isaiah 42:1-3

This is my servant; I strengthen him,
this is my chosen one; I delight in him.
I have put my Spirit on him;
he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not cry out or shout
or make his voice heard in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed,
and he will not put out a smoldering wick;
he will faithfully bring justice.

These verses are part of a longer “Servant Song” that is written from God the Father’s perspective. Through Isaiah, the Father tells us of One who will come and delight and please Him continually. The Servant is going to bring justice and compassion to the world in perfect measure and He will do this on behalf of God’s other servant, the nation of Israel, who failed and couldn’t accomplish these things. The Father says that the Coming Servant is going to complete righteousness on behalf of a people who cannot on their own. Does this sound like a New Testament theme?

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. — 2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus is this Servant. He fulfilled all the commands of God on behalf of God’s people and is now able to bring justice and compassion to the Earth in perfect measure. He dispenses justice upon the wicked who remain in their sin, and compassion to the bruised reeds and little flames who come to God in faith. Jesus stepped into the role that Israel was meant to fill as God’s servant, and He completed it to perfection. Likewise, He steps into each of our roles and does the same. Some would say He did this to give us a perfect example to follow, but it was much more than that. He did this to give us a perfect representative before God. We have His perfect righteous, which is not ours by nature, but we can claim it as our own before God by faith.

As you meditate on this truth about the righteousness of Jesus becoming yours, do not miss that He had to become your sin in order for the exchange to be complete. He gives His people mercy instead of justice. He will execute justice to nations someday soon, but until then, He is offering the same mercy you have received. Take time to consider how you can help serve the bruised reeds around you by offering mercy to them.

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little. — Luke 7:47

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