Thursday, 21 January 2021
“And in His name the nations shall trust.” -Matthew 12:21
As Bible scholars say Adam and Eve’s sin was not a surprise to God- God in His foreknowledge was aware of the sin they would be committing in the Garden of Eden and the way for the redemption of the fallen mankind was devised by God beforehand, as it is mentioned in 1 Peter 1:20: “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”
Throughout the Old Testament we see numerous prophecies about the Redeemer or the Saviour, God has promised us, mankind, after the fall of man at the Garden of Eden. In today’s reading we see some of the fascinating traits of the coming Messiah, prophesied by Isaiah and quoted by Matthew. Let us look at them from verses 18-20:
He is God’s servant, God’s beloved and chosen by God: God in His infinite wisdom, chose His own beloved Son for an acceptable sacrifice so that God can spare us mortals, unable to keep the holiness required to see God. All because God loved us, whom He created!
He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets: This Messiah being God’s Son, is the greatest and when He came as one like us, amongst His creation, He didn’t seek attention or recognition among men, but He was just interested in setting an example for those who follow Him to be with Him in eternity.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out: Men who are useless or worthless (as a bruised reed or smouldering wick), He being the Master had all the right to throw away but He didn’t do it and even today wouldn’t do it. We are all imperfect like bruised reeds and sometimes bringing shame to Him like a smouldering wick and still in His mercy and love He has allowed us to be here. But one day He will judge all of us and that day it is going to change; there will not be any grounds for mercy or grace but throwing into the fire those who don’t trust in His name. Before it is too late, let us examine ourselves and ask for His help!
And in His name shall the Gentiles trust: Even though the Messiah was portrayed through the many prophecies, most of Israel failed to understand the true nature of the Messiah and rejected Him. But for us who see both the prophecies which were fulfilled in Him and the Scripture written after Him, are able to see the truth unquestionably. Hence our responsibility is bigger in accepting this Messiah who is the only way, truth and life.
He is ever willing to heal our bruises and pour the oil of grace and anointment to remove our smouldering, because He formed us individually and so loved us that He paid with His life for us. Now it should be our first priority to reach the ones (who do not know) with the good news of such a marvellous God.
Meditate: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)