January 09, 2023
By Brooke Holt
“Behold, my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” Isaiah 42:1
Isaiah prophesies of the coming Messiah, the one true God coming to dwell among his people. This Messiah is the hope of Israel and of all the nations, and he would be recognized by the presence of the Holy Spirit and by his work to bring forth justice to the nations.
Matthew recounted the baptism of Jesus and how the Spirit descended like a dove to rest upon Jesus. The Spirit anointed and empowered him for every good work. Jesus faithfully lived in this power. Through it, he perfectly withstood temptation, cast out demons, healed the sick, and proclaimed the Kingdom of God. With this anointing of Jesus, the people to beheld God in the flesh and experienced his love, grace, and power.
Just as Jesus was the promised Messiah for the people of Isaiah’s day, so he is also our promised Messiah and our only true hope for today. Because of his life, death, and resurrection, we can have life, abundant life, through him. As the Spirit worked in Jesus, the Spirit now works in us, and we become the chosen ones, the ones in whom the Lord delights.
Through his Spirit, we also become the instruments of God’s Spirit for healing and justice. To do this holy work, we must constantly surrender to that Spirit and allow him to guide and empower us for every good work. We must surrender our own wills and agendas to embrace his will and agendas. Then, we can see God’s justice worked in our lives while we trust that perfect justice will come when Jesus returns and establishes his kingdom fully.
Will you join me in praying that God’s Spirit will convict, guide, and empower you to be an instrument of his healing and justice in this world? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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