“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.” This is what God the Lord says—he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: “I the Lord have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”
If you've ever watched an episode of "Law and Order" or "CSI," you know there is nothing more frustrating than when they catch the wrong guy! But why is that? Why is it so frustrating when we know the real criminal got away with the crime? Isn’t it because we like to see justice served? Isn’t because we like to see the right person pay for their crimes?
But what if you were the one who deserved justice? What if you were the one they were trying to catch on an episode of Law and Order or CSI? Would you be so eager to see justice served?
The fact of the matter is we do deserve justice. We’re accountable to our God’s demand for perfection whether we like it or not. And obviously, we’re not perfect. So that’s a problem.
But what if God’s idea of justice was a little different than ours? What if God was okay with the wrong guy taking our punishment? What if our God was that wrong guy? What if our God came to this earth to take the punishment we deserve and called it justice served? Because that’s exactly what our God did!
Our perfect God was born into this world with one goal in mind. He came to receive the punishment we deserve for our imperfections. He had done nothing wrong. He had done nothing to deserve that punishment. And yet, justice had to be served. And since he doesn’t want to punish us, he took that punishment for us!
And not only did our God choose to save us in this way, some 700 years before he was born into this world he promised he would save us in this way. Isaiah chapter 42 is one of the places where we see that promise. According to our definition of justice we might read the first few verses of Isaiah 42 and think the Servant of the Lord would be a bringer of punishment—someone who would bring us the justice we deserve. But as we read the whole promise, we see this Servant would not be a bringer of punishment but a bringer of forgiveness. He would be a Savior—someone who would open the eyes of the physically blind and the spiritually blind—someone who would free people like you and me who are captive to sin all so he could release us from sins consequences.
Jesus is the Servant of the Lord promised in Isaiah 42. He is the bringer of justice. Because he is the one who saw justice served on your behalf!
Blessings on the rest of your week,