Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:15–21
A. We have seen how the Jews were perplexed over what appeared to be two very different Messiahs in Old Testament prophecy.
B. Even the prophets themselves struggled with this (1 Peter 1:11). What did these prophets have to say about the Messiah?
I. The Messiah would be the Servant of the LORD.
A. The Servant would be selected by God to bring forth justice (Isaiah 42:1–4; cf. Luke 4:18; Matthew 3:17; 17:5; 12:14–21).
B. The Servant would restore Israel and enlighten the Gentiles (Isaiah 49:1–7; cf. Luke 2:32; Psalms 118:22–24).
C. The Servant would give His entire body in His service (Isaiah 50:4–11; cf. Romans 8:31–34, 16–18).
D. The Servant would be a Man of sorrows (Isaiah 52:13–53:12).
II. This Servant is none other than Jesus.
A. Jesus was a servant to all (Luke 22:27; John 5:19, 30; Acts 3:11–16, 26; 4:25–30; Romans 15:8).
B. Because of His service Jesus was exalted (Isaiah 52:13; 53:10–12; Philippians 2:9–11).
C. He calls us to be servants like He was (Matthew 10:24–25; 20:26–28; John 13:14–15; 15:18–20; Philippians 2:5–7; 2 Timothy 2:24–25).
D. Although we don’t deserve it (Luke 17:8–10), we are sure to be glorified as He is (Romans 8:17–18; Matthew 19:27-29).
Won’t it be marvelous to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:23)?