Devotional Readings

Look to Jesus

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles(Isaiah 42:1).

This is a prophecy of Christ. How wonderful it is in the mouth of Isaiah, spoken seven long centuries before Jesus was cradled in the Bethlehem manger. “Behold My servant,” said the Lord. “Look upon Him. I uphold Him. He is My elect. I delight in Him. I have put My spirit upon Him. He shall bring forth judgment and righteousness to the nations.” Who could this be but Jesus?

In Isaiah’s day Israel sought to confine the blessings of God to their own nation, but the coming Saviour is for all men. His gospel is to go forth to all and bring righteousness to them. The command of God here is really, “Look to Jesus.” In Hebrews 3:1 we have almost the same words, “Consider . . . Christ Jesus.” Of those who crucified Jesus, it was prophesied in Zechariah 12:10, “They shall look upon me whom they have pierced.” And all His followers today are uged by the apostle to “look for the Saviour” (Philippians 3:20). We should all be “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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Where are we looking? At Christ or at some of the failings of His followers?

Once when Mr. Astor was fording the Susquehanna River on horseback he became dizzy and almost lost his balance from looking at the swirling waters below. A hunter traveling with him struck him on the chin and shouted, ALook up!” He did so and recovered his equilibrium. From the dizzy world that swirls about us, we need to look up to Christ. In Him is God’s spirit; in Him is our righteousness; in Him is life.

MEDITATION PRAYER: “Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul” (Psalm 86:4).

from The Promises of God
H.M.S. Richards | Review & Herald (2004)
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