17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21 In his name the nations will put their hope.” Matthew 12:17-21
These are powerful words spoken by Isaiah about Jesus.
I see compassion and tenderness in these words.
Justice to the nations
A bruised reed he will not break
a smoldering wick he will not snuff out
In his name the nations will put their hope
He was everything the religious leaders of the day weren’t.
They didn’t have compassion on those who were being healed.
Later the leaders would isolate them, question them, and abuse them further. They had no use for “weak,” unimportant people.
Jesus stood up for the people who were abused and harassed because of their standing in life.
Jesus still stands up for the abused and unwelcome people in society.
He stands up for the “little guy,” that person who really has nothing to offer Him except himself.
And after our conversion when we get to the point where we think we’re something, He offers us a dose of humility to drown out our pride.
But our goal should be to be that little guy again, the one who really has nothing to offer except ourselves. Then we will have truly gained something.