Today’s Old Testament reading from Isaiah represents
the first two parts of a poem that tells us about Jesus as the
Servant of the Lord God. Here the Servant is described as
persevering in adverse conditions created by those who are
against Him. No matter what is being done to Him, He listens to
the Father, opens His ear to God’s word, and knowing that God
is on His side, He never gives up hope.
Contained in these short verses are four major concepts:
the Servant acknowledges that He is a DISCIPLE of the Lord,
affirms that He is SUBMISSIVE to the will of the Lord, believes
that He will be DEFENDED by the Lord, and lastly, that He will
be VINDICATED by the Lord.
Isaiah is, of course, describing what will happen to
Jesus on our behalf as written in Matthew’s Gospel 26:67; “They
spit in His face, buffeted Him, took the reed and smote Him on
the head”. How significant it is that so many years before Jesus
was born, His suffering for Israel’s and our salvation was
prophesied! We can take such comfort in the salvation story of
Our Savior that is woven throughout the chapters of Isaiah.
We learn that as Christians, we are servants of the Lord.
As such, we also have our Lord and our God and the Holy Spirit
to help us be submissive to the Lord by doing His will. We know
that He will affirm, defend, and vindicate us when the enemy
comes into our lives. What a privilege it is to be a
Christian and a Servant of the Lord! Thank you, Father,
for choosing us and inspiring us to respond to your call!