Jesus, the Ultimate Example of Faith And now the LORD says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant…(for I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My strength)…Thus says the LORD: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You.” (Isaiah 49:5, 8)
Isa.11:12> He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. Isa.43:4>Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. Ps.69:13>But I pray to you, LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. 2Cor.6:2> For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. Isa.26:3> You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.Isa.42:6>“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, Isa.44:26>who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’ of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’
Numerous times throughout these hundreds of meditations, we have examined the relationship of “humility and faith” to “growing in grace.” Such repeated opportunities assist us in apprehending the means of living day by day by grace. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble…we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand” (James 4:6 and Romans 5:2). For a number of days, we have been considering humility and grace. In a recent meditation, we saw that Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. Now, we begin to give considerable attention to faith and grace. Concerning faith, we begin where we left off with humility-with Jesus as our example. Again, we will see that Jesus is the ultimate example of faith.
Our present verses are a prophecy involving the Father and His Son, the Servant Messiah, who would go forth to provide God’s gift of salvation. “And now the LORD says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant.” An angel would eventually announce this prophecy as coming to fulfillment. “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21). The confession of the Messiah is also given here prophetically. “My God shall be My strength.” When the Son would leave heaven for His incarnation, He would function by faith in the Father. The Father’s reassuring words affirm this trust in Him. “Thus says the LORD: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You.'”
The fact that Jesus lived by faith in His Father was a part of His own teaching ministry. “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19). Herein, Jesus (who had laid aside the independent exercise of His deity) was exemplifying how man should live in humble dependence upon the faithfulness of God.
Dear Savior, I humble myself before You, expressing my desire to grow in grace. I know that faith accesses grace. Lord, please teach me to place my faith in You, just as You fully relied upon the Father, Amen.