42:1 Here is 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.
42:2 He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
42:3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
42:4 He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.
42:5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:
42:6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,
42:7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
42:8 I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.
42:9 See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
Redemption is a reoccurring theme that runs through Israel’s journey and relationship with God. From Captivity to exile and back to being rescued, it is a constant repetition of God’s people falling into sin and needing to be forgiven and redeemed again.
Here we enter into an era of the second coming of Christ. This is a time in which all of God’s people will be brought to Him for the last time. This was a prophecy that was declared long before even Christ came the first time. However, here Isaiah is taking it a step further in which when Christ will come a second time to rule the world with justice and righteousness.
These few verses do not describe what Christ was like the first time He came. When Christ comes to take His reign on earth He will come as a strong, powerful and mighty leader. He has already established Himself as being the Savior of this world from what was accomplished on the cross.
As Christians today, we have the opportunity to spread the message of the Gospel to those around us. God desires for us to be His light to all the nations here and now so that when Christ comes again, others too can share in the joy of spending eternity with God. Do not be hesitant about shinning your light for others to see, Christ accomplished death and resurrection and so He too can also use you to spread His news to others.
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