Called to Serve

2016-12-12

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight”
(Isaiah 42:1)

Reflection:
There are four ‘Servant Songs’ in the second part of Isaiah. The New Testament sees them as being fulfilled in Jesus. Peter referred to the Lord four times as ‘the servant’ and Paul referred to Him taking ‘the very nature of a servant.’ Jesus Himself referred to these chapters in His teachings.

The Servant is pictured a being a teacher (Isaiah 42:1-4). He teaches gently under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and reaches out to the nations.

The Servant is also portrayed as an evangelist (Isaiah 49:1-6).  God says that it is a too small a thing for His servant to restore only the backslidden Israelites. He is to be also ‘a light to the Gentiles’ bringing salvation to the ends of the earth.  Paul referred to this verse to justify his calling to take the gospel to the Gentiles.

The Servant is shown also as a disciples (Isaiah 50:4-9). No one can teach without listening and learning first. The ear of the disciple must receive before his mouth presumes to give. Jesus was to say that He spoke only the words that His Father gave Him.

Finally the Servant is revealed as the suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12).  He was to be wounded for our iniquities and to bear our sins in Himself.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6)

So the Lord Jesus would say that He had not come to be served but to serve. He washed the feet of His disciples and went to His death on our behalf and in our place.

Question:
Will I allow Him to serve me – to be my Saviour – and to cleanse, forgive and heal me?

Response:
Come to the Lord – and never stop

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, more than anything I want to know and live in the wonder of Your love – and to allow that love to embrace me, cleanse and heal me, and raise me to the life you have for me. Amen.

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