Matthew 12:15-21 The Beloved Servant.

Matthew 12:15-21 The Beloved Servant.

Jesus knew that there were those seeking his immediate destruction (v. 14). There would come a time, in the not too distant future, when he would die a gruesome death, but not at this time. His ministry to his own people, the Jews, was without much fanfare, although those seeking healing flocked to him (v. 15). With this popularity came a warning that he would not receive an overwhelming welcome as the Messiah among his own. As the quote from Isaiah makes clear, he would come as the Beloved Servant who would not quarrel or cry out, but his voice would be heard among the Gentiles, with the unction of the Spirit (vv. 17-21 Cf. 3:17; 17:5; Is. 42:1-4). What they would hear would be a message of justice leading to victory. A great many of his own people interpreted this only politically. They wanted a new David to restore them immediately to political power and independence. However, as the anointed One, the Messiah’s victory would be gained through the just punishment on sinners through his own sacrificial death – the innocent for the guilty. His would be a victory over sin and its punishment – death. He was, and is, the same Servant referred to at Isaiah 52:13-53:12, to establish a perpetual covenant of peace (Is. 54). Those bruised and faint with the acknowledgement of their own guilty state would not be broken or snuffed out, but rather they would trust in him and live. Repentance and faith are the two sides of the open door that all must walk through.

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