Bread – Chosen

January 16, 2015


Readings for Friday, January 16, 2015, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Isa. 42:1-17; Eph. 3:1-13; Mark 2:13-22; Psalms 16,17,22

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In today’s reading from Isaiah, we read from a chapter, titled as “The Lord’s Chosen Servant,” which is often referred to as a Messianic chapter, referring to Jesus Christ.

I realize that I may ruffle a few feathers by doing this, but I want to ask a question – what would it mean to us if Isaiah were talking about us instead of Christ?

Read this with the substitution of Isaiah talking about you rather than some other person:

“Behold, My servant [your name], whom I uphold, My chosen [your name], in whom My soul delights;

I have put my Spirit upon him [your name]; he [your name] will bring forth justice to the nations.

He [your name] will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he [your name] will not break…he [your name] will faithfully bring forth justice.

He [your name] will not grow faint or be discouraged till he [your name] has established justice in the earth…

Thus says God, the Lord, …I am the Lord; I have called you [your name] in righteousness; I will take you [your name] by the hand and keep you [your name].

I will give you [your name] as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon…” Isa. 42:1-7

In a study note in my ESV Bible, the editors say “…justice means fulfilling mutual obligations in a manner consistent with God’s moral law.’

What is our job today as Christians? – to speak plainly the gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring light, salt, truth and love to a world sadly needing all of it. Some of this requires speech; most of it requires action. All of it together brings justice to the world. All of it together opens eyes which are blind, lights the path to hope and freedom, and releases prisoners in bondage to sin.

We are chosen by God to preach the good news of Jesus Christ and to act in obedience to God’s commands, loving our neighbor more than ourselves. In doing so, we will be opposed but God will sustain us in all difficulties. Through God’s Holy Spirit, we will stand as light in darkness, bringing justice, hope, and freedom. We will do this in faith, a faith which God has given us. And by His having chosen us and in our application of God’s Spirit through our lives to bring justice to the world, we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, a sacrifice in which God delights.

Yes, Isaiah is talking about Christ, but could he also be talking about us? Could he be talking about you?

Behold, Sam [Nancy, Joe, John, Alice …], God’s servant, whom He upholds and empowers and protects and loves. God’s chosen.

Behold you, a child of God, chosen by Him for eternal relationship with Him, chosen by Him for life in all circumstances, chosen by Him to bring His Word into the world and to be His Word in the world. Chosen by Him to bring sight to the blind, hope to the hopeless, freedom to those imprisoned by sin.

Sends a chill up your spine, doesn’t it? It should.

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© 2015 GBF

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