May 27: The Tender Affection of Jesus, Matthew 12:15-21
Use this sermon summary to prepare your heart and mind for our worship gathering on Sunday, May 27. Just before we transition to a series through the book of Psalms, we will make one last stop on Matthew 12:15-21.
Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all and ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he bring justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope."
We’ve been reminded in recent sermons that many of Jesus contemporaries were expecting the Messiah to be a powerful, controlling personality, and were caught off guard by the humble, serving Savior. This shock to their expectations is seen once again in Matthew 12 where Isaiah is quoted describing this Messiah as being so gentle that He would not break a “bruised reed”, or quench a “smoldering wick”. What did those terms mean to those hearers, and what do they mean to us? Moreover, what does the fact that Jesus was, and is that way mean to how we respond to Him, and to others? Please consider the strong but gentle character of Jesus as you prepare for the sermon this week. Pray that as we see Him more clearly, we would love Him more deeply, and respond to Him accordingly.
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