2) Our Messiah is not a violent crusher of the wounded. He is the Gentle Shepherd. He is a patient Judge. "A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish."
I am so thankful for the gentle patience by which Christ has dealt with me. He was gentle and patient with me in my years of stubborn and wicked rebellion. He is gentle and patient with me now as a redeemed sinner who still so often struggles with selfishness and pride and the vast array of rotten fruit that accompanies those things.
At times, we are all bruised reeds and dimly burning wicks - all of us. "Christ's disciples were yet but weak, and many are so that have a place in his family. He will not discourage them, much less reject them or cast them off: the reed that is bruised shall not be broken and trodden down, but shall be supported, and made as strong as a cedar or flourishing palm tree. The candle newly lighted, though it only smokes and does not flame, shall not be blown out, but blown up." (Matthew Henry)
Christ is not a tyrant. No, no, not in any way! "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you shall find rest for your weary souls." (Mt 11:29)
3) Our Messiah is not a quitter. He is a conqueror! "He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed."
He did what He was sent to do. The chosen Servant served well. This same chosen Servant will return again - just as He said He would and will "faithfully bring forth justice." I for one look forward to the return of the King of Kings. At that time there will be a fanfare. At that time there will be a just and righteous breaking of weeds. At that time He will "establish justice on the earth." Until that day, He humbly extends gentleness and patience to the bruised reeds and dim wicks. May we see every day that He tarries as room to repent and may His patience cause many of the bruised and broken to be made strong and stable by His grace.
Thankful for His gentleness,