Oh Precious, Gentle Saviour:
“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.” (Isaiah 42:1-4).
Are you broken, shattered, or damaged? Do you feel defeated, depressed, and discouraged? Are you crying out, looking for joy, peace and hope? Do you feel like you are bruised and battered, and you can’t go on? Do you feel like a smoking flax that’s about to go out, and that there’s no hope for tomorrow? Then I pray that today’s Scripture would encourage you with a wonderful revelation of the precious, gentle Saviour. I wrote in yesterday’s devotional that the more you know Him, the more you will love Him, and the more you love Him, the more you will trust Him. My prayer today is that you would “know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Eph. 3:19).
What do we learn about Jesus Christ from the prophet Isaiah? He is the Lord’s Servant, God’s Elect One, in whom His soul delights. Jesus is the one upon whom the Lord will put His Holy Spirit. Luke tells us, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38). Jesus is the Chosen One, sent from the Father, beloved by the Father, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do good and heal all who the devil oppresses. This is His mission – as Isaiah prophesied elsewhere, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1).
Here the prophet Isaiah paints for us a beautiful picture of Jesus. “He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.” He is a gentle Saviour! One of the most comforting statements in this chapter is this one: “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench.” In today’s society, most people don’t place a lot of value or worth on damaged goods. If it’s bruised or broken, old and damaged, they throw it out. Euthanasia—the practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from an incurable condition, is an outgrowth of this attitude. Today’s society doesn’t have much time for the weak, but Jesus is not like today’s society. If you feel like your life is bruised, He won’t break you. If you feel like a candle wick that’s about to be blown out, He won’t quench that fire. O precious, gentle Saviour! Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28).
Lord, we thank you for your amazing love for us. O precious, gentle Saviour. Grant my readers the courage to come to You with all of their burdens and their cares, to cast them upon You because You care for them. Heal their broken hearts, comfort them in their mourning, and release all of their heavy burdens. May they enter Your rest today, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Pastor Chris Jordan