Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm? My servant grew up in the Lords presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
Jesus was sent as the Messiah, the anointed one who was to save the Jews, but He was not widely accepted. He was not what people expected in a Messiah. Many expected a powerful ruler and king like what they were used to. They wanted a king, someone who would lead them and protect them, but what they received was Jesus instead. What they received was someone who longed to earn their love and loyalty rather than force himself upon them. They did not see Jesus for who He was. He did not come in the typical grandeur and glory that was expected of a king. He was born under persecution and in a stable. He was born as a carpenter’s son, a lowly boy born into a lowly family.
Jesus humbly sought out the Jewish people, the Israelites that God had delivered from captivity and death on so many occasions. He sought to show them the truth, but was greatly rejected. Many people rejected Him, just as was prophesied in Isaiah and many have continued to reject Him for who He is.
Are we any different? Do we proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah or do we submit to Satan in keeping quiet about who Jesus is? And if we claim that Jesus is our Messiah do we submit to Him? It is interesting that even the demons knew who Jesus was and were forced to submit to his authority.
Once when he was in the synagogue, a man possessed by a demon—an evil spirit—began shouting at Jesus, “Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that the demon threw the man to the floor as the crowd watched; then it came out of him without hurting him further.
Jesus has power over the enemy and they must submit to Him, but He does not seek to assert that power over His people. For all those who would call upon His name and follow Him freely He gives life. Jesus did not come to assert His power and strength, He came in humility to invite people to trust in Him and to follow Him for the rest of their life and when they do He promises them eternal life.
This week is Holy Week, the week preceding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is Sunday and is a day in which many who have not yet given their lives to Jesus will be in the church. The Holy Spirit is working on their hearts at this very moment to help bring them to a decision and He wants to use you to help them to know Jesus. Will you allow the Holy Spirit to work on your heart to soften it for the lost that are broken and hurting? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to show you some people in your life that you can share your story with about how Jesus changed your life?
Jesus is the Messiah, of which even the demons acknowledge, but He came for so much more than to just be acknowledged. He came to be our Savior by dying on the cross for us. He came to raise us from the dead to be with the Father in Heaven by dying on the cross for us. He came to be our Lord, but He will not force Himself on anyone. The demons know who He is and shudder, they are forced to submit to His every word, but every person has a choice to make.
This week my prayer is that you will listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your heart to share your story with others around you. To tell people about how Jesus has changed your life. And if you are having troubles in defining how Jesus has changed your life then this is a great opportunity for you to seek out Jesus and submit your life to Him, because when you do you will notice a change in your life. When you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit you cannot help, but to become more Holy as you faithfully give yourself to Jesus.