- "Serve the LORD with gladness." (Ps 100:2)
- "For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." (Gal 5:13)
2) Christ is chosen of God as the only One who could propitiate for us. "My chosen One...."
- "But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Heb 9:11-14)
- "Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ." (1 Pe 1:18-19)
- "Please receive instruction from His mouth, and establish His words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; if you remove unrighteousness far from your tent, and place your gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks, then the Almighty will be your gold and choice silver to you. For then you will delight in the Almighty and lift up your face to God." (Job 22:22-25)
- "Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Ps 37:3)
4) This Chosen Servant who is the delight of His Father is well equipped for the task that lies before Him. "I have put My Spirit upon Him." God always equips those He calls. Of course Christ, our elder brother, by His very nature was the most equipped of all servants - He had the Spirit "without measure" (John 3:34). Yet how comforting to know that the same Spirit which indwelled Christ indwells us as His adopted siblings.
- "And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Ro 5:5)
- "Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Cor 3:16)
- "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit whois in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body." (1 Cor 6:19-20)
- "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and annointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge." (2 Cor 1:22)
- "Now He who prepared us for this very pupose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge." (2 Cor 5:5)
As Christians we are equipped with the same Spirit that was put upon Christ. That Spirit enables us to serve God in whatever tasks He has chosen for us.
"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another.... Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these of which I forewarn you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit." (Galatians 5:16-24)
5) Christ will accomplish His task. "He will bring forth justice to the nations."
This Chosen Servant, the One in whom the Father's soul delights, the One who is completely well-equipped for the task will accomplish the task for which He was sent. He will redeem His people. He will deal justly and righteously with those that mock at His mercy. He will right all wrongs. He will straighten all that is crooked. He will make beautiful all that which our sin has made ugly. "Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?" (Gen 18:25)
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
In His glorious grace,