King of the Universe a Humble Servant?

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Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench until he brings justice to victory; and in his name, the Gentiles will hope.

Matthew 12: 18-21  (ESV)

Jesus demonstrated His Father in every aspect of His life on earth. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Matthew takes a passage from Isaiah and uses it to focus on an aspect of God that is not considered enough. Jesus humbled himself and became a servant to others. Jesus, who is God and Creator in flesh, humbled himself and became a servant to his creation. 

Jesus did not demand to be worshiped while on the earth. He did not loudly proclaim His Divinity and demonstrate His authority by great signs such as calling fire down from heaven to consume the Roman oppressors. This is what the religious leaders wanted. Jesus did not demand to be served but was a servant to all who followed Him.

God in the same way does not strike dead all that reject him. Rather, he reveals himself through creation and his act of love on the Cross. Jesus showed He was of God by his miracles, just as God is seen in His miraculous creation. Both Jesus and the Father provided evidence for all who wanted to see.

Consider the careful, tender care that it takes to handle a bruised reed without breaking it or the amount of work needed to keep a smoldering wick from going out. It requires a consistent gentle breath of air to keep going. This is the same constant gentle care that God gives to His creation. Such devotion comes only from a heart of service.  Imagine the same God who spun out the galaxies or placed a complex code into a DNA strand with just a word, would give all of Himself for all of us. 

This week, spend some time meditating on the fact that God loves us so much that He chooses to care for us with such tenderness that is beyond our understanding. Let that knowledge cause us to desire more of God and less of ourselves.

July 31, 2023