The Hope of Justice
But Jesus knew what they were planning. So he left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them, but he warned them not to reveal who he was. This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him: “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not fight or shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious. And his name will be the hope of all the world.”
Matthew 12:15-21 NLT
Matthew gives us another prophecy from the book of Isaiah and tells us Jesus fulfilled this prophecy. Isaiah pointed out that the Messiah would not attempt to attract attention to Himself and that He would bring justice.
I think about that in contrast to many today. It seems that everyone wants to promote themselves. Even many preachers seem to use social media for self-promotion to become popular. Personal popularity was never a desire of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, perhaps, we should take the stance of John the Baptist, “He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.”
I believe we should live to make Jesus famous—not us!
Jesus also came to bring justice. He chose to bring justice without shouting, rioting or destroying property. Jesus brought justice by changing hearts.
We need justice in our world today. But the only hope of real justice is the transformation of hearts. We must fight for the hearts of humanity.
Holy Spirit, please show us how to impact the hearts of our world. Help us to be a movement to transform our city one life at a time. Let it start with my heart. Show me where I need to be transformed.
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