VIDEO Clothes That Make the Person: Jesus – The Scorned Servant of Jehovah

Clothes That Make the Person: Jesus

[The Servant of the Lord] has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. Isaiah 53:2

If you had lived in the first century, would you have recognized Jesus as the Messiah—Isaiah’s Servant of the Lord? Isaiah compared Him to a scrubby plant growing up in the parched landscape of Judea (53:2). On a dusty road you likely wouldn’t have given Him a second look. His clothes were typical of the day: plain and serviceable.

Yet when a sick woman reached out in a crowd and touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak, she was healed. Was there some power in Jesus’ garments? No—Jesus said it was her faith that resulted in her healing (Mark 5:34). Too often we put faith in the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). It was Jesus’ identity as the Son of God that brought healing, not His position or prominence or appearance.

The lesson for us is the same: It is what God has done in our lives that can help others. It doesn’t matter if we lack the riches of the world. God has given us the riches of His kingdom—it’s all we need to bring help and healing to others (Luke 12:32).

A man’s heart is what he is.  R. B. Kuiper


The Scorned Servant of Jehovah, Part 2 (Isaiah 53:1-3)

Unexpected Kindness

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Ephesians 2:10

My friend was waiting to pay for her groceries when the man in front of her turned around and handed her a voucher for £10 ($14) off her bill. Short on sleep, she burst into tears because of his kind act; then she started laughing at herself for crying. This unexpected kindness touched her heart and gave her hope during a period of exhaustion. She gave thanks to the Lord for His goodness extended to her through another person.

The theme of giving was one the apostle Paul wrote about in his letter to gentile Christians in Ephesus. He called them to leave their old lives behind and embrace the new, saying that they were saved by grace. Out of this saving grace, he explained, flows our desire to “do good works,” for we have been created in God’s image and are His “handiwork” (2:10). We, like the man at the supermarket, can spread God’s love through our everyday actions.

Of course, we don’t have to give material things to share God’s grace; we can show His love through many other actions. We can take the time to listen to someone when they speak to us. We can ask someone who is serving us how they are. We can stop to help someone in need. As we give to others, we’ll receive joy in return (Acts 20:35).

Dear Father, You created us in Your image, and we rejoice that we can share Your love and life. Help us to see the opportunities to give to others today.

We’ve been created to share God’s love through giving His gifts.

By Amy Boucher Pye 

INSIGHT

For believers, the foundation for loving others is because we’ve been loved by God. But loving others like Christ loved us doesn’t come naturally to many of us. In fact, aren’t we sometimes much harder on others than we are on ourselves? Knowing all of us share a common fallen human nature, however, can help us be more patient.

On our own, we’d all naturally live out the empty “ways of this world”—the kind of selfish, ugly lives that deserve God’s condemnation (Ephesians 2:2–3). This means none of us can take credit for any good in our lives (vv. 8–9). And it means that whomever we encounter, we can offer not only God’s truth but His love and grace.

Monica Brands

The Pattern for What You Believe

Isaiah 55:10-11

Does it make any difference what we believe? Yes, because what we hold to be true affects every area of our life. Unless we clearly understand our convictions and why we embrace them, we will waver in our faith and poorly represent Jesus Christ to others. The problem is, most people have only a vague idea about their beliefs. It’s wise to consider foundational truths that govern our thinking and lifestyle.

Let’s start with the Scriptures, God’s unfolding revelation of Himself. Every part of the Bible is “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16 NIV). This means the Lord chose certain individuals to convey specific messages at particular moments in history. Then He exercised sovereignty over every idea and recollection included in the text, and the human authors could not deter His purpose.

In light of the fact that people were involved in the writing process, it is understandable that some question the Bible’s reliability. Yet this remarkable book is perfectly trustworthy and accurate because God was doing the speaking and the overseeing. He also made sure there would be substantiating evidence. You have undoubtedly heard about the discovery of numerous ancient scrolls—despite their age, nothing in them has contradicted the reliability or accuracy of Scripture.

When you pick up a Bible, realize what you hold in your hand. It isn’t merely ink on paper—it is the living Word of God, which He lovingly gave mankind so that we would grow in our relationship to Him.

Know Him

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20) 

John uses two words for “know” in this short letter, both of which are used in the final instruction to his readers. The Greek word ginosko is used 25 times throughout this epistle, stressing knowledge that is gained through personal experience. The other word, ei’do (or oi’da), is used an additional 17 times, emphasizing mental understanding and comprehension.

The Intellectual Confidence 

We “know [ei’do] that he was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5). We “know that we have passed from death unto life” (1 John 3:14). We “know that [we] have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). We “know that we are of God” (1 John 5:19). We “know that the Son of God is come” (1 John 5:20). All of this “head knowledge” is, of course, straight from the Word of God. These are the basics of our belief in the work of Christ.

The Personal Experience 

We “know [ginosko] that we know [ginosko] him, if we keep his commandments” (1 John 2:3). “There [are] many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” (1 John 2:18). “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments” (1 John 5:2).

Thus, our intellectual “knowledge” of God’s Word is “experienced” as we “work out [our] own salvation” (Philippians 2:12). Being “born again” is just the beginning. We should “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). HMM III

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly

Ephesians 3

Paul with the chain clanking upon his wrist writes most jubilantly of his position and office, counting it more honourable to be “the prisoner of the Lord” than to be the favourite of Cæsar.

Ephesians 3:8

The greater the saint the less he thinks of himself A very correct estimate of a mans worth may be gathered from his humility. Weighty materials sink, only “trifles, light as air” rise into the clouds.

Ephesians 3:10, 11

Even angels are to learn from us. Saints will be lesson-books in which the cherubim and seraphim will read with astonishment the wisdom and love of God; this was the eternal design of the great Lord of all, and he will not allow his purpose in any measure to be thwarted.

Ephesians 3:12, 13

See how he forgets himself, and is only anxious that they may not be distressed about him; after this manner ought we also to sink self, and live for the good of others.

Ephesians 3:15

It is delightful to think of Paul pausing in the middle of his letter to kneel down and implore a blessing upon his friends, feeling himself, even in his prison, to be one of an august family, which had its dwelling-place not only on earth but in heaven also, and yet was one and indivisible. Let us devoutly listen to the apostles prayer and offer it for all believers.

Ephesians 3:19

Having prayed, Paul now turns to praising; the two holy exercises are very near of kin, and the one naturally leads on to the other. We should sing more doxologies if we offered more intercessions.

 

Come, dearest Lord, descend and dwell

By faith and love in every breast;

Then shall we know, and taste, and feel

The joys that cannot be express’d.

 

Come fill our hearts with inward strength;

Make our enlargèd souls possess

And learn the height, and breadth, and length

Of thine unmeasurable grace.

 

Now to the God whose power can do

More than our thoughts or wishes know;

Be everlasting honours done

By all the church, through Christ his Son.

 

 

Are You Part of Brotherhood of the Redeemed?

To them gave he power to become the sons of God. (John 1:12)

Anyone making even a quick review of Genesis will discover that God has told us more about His presence in creation and in history than about the details of human civilization.

We believe that eternity dwells in the Person of God and that the material universe came into being through God’s creation.

The first man and woman in the human race were created. They failed in their initial encounter with Satan, our archenemy. Following that, the Genesis record becomes a narrative of human failure against the abiding backdrop of God’s faithfulness.

God Himself, through the Holy Spirit, points out a universal problem: the natural brotherhood of human beings is a sinful brotherhood. It is the brotherhood of all who are spiritually lost.

But the Bible has good news. It is the revelation of a new brotherhood, the brotherhood of the redeemed! We know it in our time as the believing church of our Lord Jesus Christ in all nations. It is a new brotherhood among men based on regeneration—and restoration!

 

His Service, Face, Name

“His servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” Rev. 22:3, 4

Three choice blessings will be ours in the glory land.

“His servants shall serve him.” No other lords shall oppress us, no other service shall distress us. We shall serve Jesus always, perfectly, without weariness, and without error. This is Heaven to a saint: in all things to serve the Lord Christ, and to be owned by Him as His servant is our soul’s high ambition for eternity.

“And they shall see his face.” This makes the service delightful: indeed, it is the present reward of service. We shall know our Lord, for we shall see Him as He is. To see the face of Jesus is the utmost favor that the most faithful servant of the Lord can ask. What more could Moses ask than — “Let me see thy face”?

“And his name shall be in their foreheads.” They gaze upon their Lord till His name is photographed upon their brows. They are acknowledged by Him, and they acknowledge Him. The secret mark of inward grace develops into the public sign-manual of confessed relationship.

O Lord, give us these three things in their beginnings here, that we may possess them in their fullness in thine own abode of bliss!

 

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