(John 14:18> I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.)
References: John 3:28>You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’
John 1:20.23>He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’
When Jesus said “I will come to you,” he meant it . Although Jesus ascended into heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to live in believers, and to have the Holy Spirit is to have Jesus himself.
Despite times of sorrow and loneliness, the Lord will ever be our Father. We who believe shall never be forsaken and shall never lack His provision. Praise the Lord for His lovingkindness. Praise the Lord for His unbounded mercy upon your soul. Praise forever the Lord who has delivered you from death into His everlasting and princely family. Praise the Lord and rejoice O you peoples of the Almighty God!
Day by Day By Grace – Isaiah 50:4-7>The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
Jesus, the Ultimate Example of Faith’s Results
“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary…The Lord God has opened My ear…I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.” (Isaiah 50:4-7)
In our previous prophetic verses, we saw that the promised Servant of the Lord would undertake His Messianic mission through faith in His heavenly Father. “My God shall be My strength” (Isaiah 49:5). These verses depicted Jesus as the ultimate example of faith. Now, a corresponding prophetic passage reveals the blessed consequences of trusting in the Lord. Herein, we see Jesus as the ultimate example of faith’s results.
Once again, the prophetic parties are the Messiah and His heavenly Father. The confessions of Jesus (trusting in the Father) comprise the prophetic statements. “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned.” Jesus was “discipled” day by day by the Father (certainly using, in part, His godly parents). “The Lord God has opened My ear.” This equipped Jesus to minister to burdened lives: “that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.” In fact, people were amazed in general at the manner in which He spoke. “So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth” (Luke 4:22).
As Jesus would trust in the Father, He would also be prepared for the mounting difficulties that He would face. “I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.” In approaching the cross, these prophecies of Jesus (and the enablement He found through depending upon the Father) were fulfilled. “Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands” (Matthew 26:67). Though He knew all of this awaited Him before He came to Jerusalem that last time, He put His faith in the Father. “For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.” The Father helped Him. He marched on resolutely to keep His redemption appointment at the cross. “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). These are the wonderful consequences of faith.
Father, Your Son, my Savior, was prepared, strengthened, sustained, and used through faith in You. I need to experience these same blessed results of faith in my life. Please build my faith, more and more, for Your glory and service, Amen.
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