There is a profound simplicity to the gospel, and the Christian life. We are to come to Jesus, submit our will to Him, learn of and from Him, and follow Him. When we follow this simple plan, Jesus has promised to give us rest for our souls [Matt. 11:28-30]. Yet, we are prone to seek to be satisfied by all the obstacles that can obscure Jesus, and when we do we fail to experience rest for our souls. A soul that rests in Christ helps to produce a mind, body, and heart that also rest.

A soul that rests in Christ helps to produce a mind, body, and heart that also rest.

Then we experience shalom a contentment and satisfaction that only God can provide, and that He wants you to know. Let’s behold Jesus together and discover what we always desired…

Jesus always does the right thing. In Matt. 12:15-21 we see the word “justice” repeated. It means to do what is right. What can we learn from Jesus about doing right? How should we follow His example? Jesus had withdrawn from the Pharisees following the conflict over Sabbath work. Great multitudes followed Him and Jesus healed them all [15]. Yet Jesus told them not to tell anyone [16]. This was done to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy [17] [Is. 42:1-4]. What did God, through the Prophet Isaiah, want us to know about the Messiah in the First Coming? Here are five traits that are critical for us to behold:

  1. Servant [18] Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! We are to Behold Jesus. We are to stop and consider, contemplate, emulate, and imitate Him. We are to gaze upon and focus upon Jesus. When you contemplate Jesus what do you think of or feel?

Jesus is God’s chosen servant: My Servant whom I have chosen. He is uniquely chosen (called) to His mission as Messiah to be the perfect example, and then the perfect sacrifice for man’s sin. A servant willingly places the mission of His master before his own desires or agenda.

A servant willingly places the mission of His master before his own desires or agenda.

God’s “servant” is an endearing accolade ascribed to Moses, David, and Job. Jesus is beloved by God and pleases God. Jesus is loved by God, and pleases the Father, because he is submitted to Him. Jesus does the Father’s will. At Jesus’ baptism and the Mount of Transfiguration [Mt. 3,17] the Father affirms Jesus’ identity – beloved Son, who pleases the Father, and from whom we should learn. Here is an important principle: those who have experienced the love of God are motivated to serve Him. How does knowing God’s love motivate you to serve Him?

2. Spirit-led [18] I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will declare justice to the Gentiles. Jesus is anointed with God’s Spirit: The prophecy I will put My Spirit upon Him was fulfilled at Jesus’ baptism [Matt.3]. Jesus declares God’s righteousness, and He will declare justice to the Gentiles. Jesus’ ministry to reconcile Gentiles, non-Jews who were outside of a covenant relationship with God, was foretold. But there is another important truth to discover and apply, those who are led by God’s Spirit will proclaim the gospel – how to be right with God.

…those who are led by God’s Spirit will proclaim the gospel – how to be right with God.

Since Pentecost, the Spirit of God has been available to believers to empower you to declare the gospel. How has the Spirit of God empowered you to declare God’s righteousness?

  1. Self-controlled [19] He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. Jesus is gentle: He will not quarrel nor cry out. The Greek terms translated “quarrel” and “cry out” were used to describe barking dogs and brawling drunks. Jesus woos us with Gods love. He warns us of consequences of rejecting God and neglecting God because He loves us. He never abuses His authority.

Gentleness did not come naturally to me. When I encountered missionaries from cults I would often engage in a dialogue about doctrine that would tend to devolve into an argument or debate. I can’t think of a time that it produced any attractive fruit for the kingdom. On the other hand, my lovely wife is gentle. She showers kindness and compassion, and allows the Spirit to woo people to Jesus. As I behold Jesus, and become gentle I appreciate this quality in my Lord and His people.

Jesus is humble: nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. Jesus’ only autobiographical statement affirms that He is gentle and humble [Matt. 11:29]. Jesus does not seek attention, but directs our attention towards His Father. Similarly, we should not seek attention, nor praise, but focus attention towards Jesus.

…we should not seek attention, nor praise, but focus attention towards Jesus.

  1. Supportive [20] A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench. Jesus seeks to restore those that are weak and weary: A bruised reed He will not break. Reeds were used for flutes, pens, and measuring rods. They were cheap and disposable. If bent and unusable people generally just threw it away and grabbed another. But Jesus seeks to strengthen and restore those who are bruised, weak and weary.

Jesus seeks to restore those that are struggling: smoking flax He will not quench. Flax was used for wicks in lamps. Smoldering flax is an irritant and offers no light. Generally, you simply quench it and replace. Yet, Jesus seeks to encourage and restore. Jesus is gracious despite our struggles of faith. Jesus fans a spark of faith to a flame. It takes time, patience and love to restore someone who is struggling. Am I willing to invest time, energy, and love to support others?

It takes time, patience and love to restore someone who is struggling. Am I willing to invest time, energy, and love to support others?

  1. Source of Hope [20-21] Jesus ensures righteousness triumphs: till He sends forth justice to victory [20]. Jesus will be victorious. The cross and the grave cannot stop Jesus’ resurrection and ultimate triumph of the gospel, and His power as Lord and Savior [Matt. 16:8; 28:18-20]. Jesus will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth [Is. 42:4]. Jesus is the source of hope for all people: in His name Gentiles will trust [21] [Rom. 15:12]. All people are encouraged to discover comfort and hope that is available in Jesus. When you discover your hope in Christ, and the resulting peace and contentment that flows from following Him, you are likely to display His nature: servant, Spirit-led, self-controlled, and supportive of others.

 

How does Jesus give you hope?