Posted by: dhkrause | October 26, 2016

A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

Isaiah 42 describes the Messiah to come, God’s servant in whom He delights. Jesus fulfilled parts of this prophecy in the Incarnation, and will completely fulfill the rest when He returns.

Isaiah 42 (NIV)
1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
3 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
4 he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

Amazing love! Jesus came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) In Him, mercy and truth have met together, righteousness and peace have kissed. (Psalm 85:10)

John 10:10 (NKJV)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Psalm 85 (NKJV)
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth,
And righteousness shall look down from heaven.

The captain of our salvation is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before him; part of that joy was bringing many sons and daughters to glory. (Hebrews 12:1-2, 2:10-11)

Hebrews 12 (NKJV)
The Race of Faith
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 2 (NKJV)
Bringing Many Sons to Glory
10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”

Diane Bringgold in her book, “Life Instead”, (Word Books, Waco Texas, 1979), describes how Jesus “turned my mourning into dancing, put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” (Psalm 30:11) She declares,
“Psalm 30 truly tells the story of what the Lord has done in my life”.

See…/14/joy-comes-in-the-morning/ for more of her testimony.

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