The Old Testament prophesies the work of Jesus. This matters to us as we try to figure out how to build a community that reflects this very same work. As individuals who are trying to find our place in God’s story, the nature of this work will inform our own search for significance.
But here is my servant, the one I uphold;
my chosen, who brings me delight.
I’ve put my spirit upon him;
he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He won’t cry out or shout aloud
or make his voice heard in public.
3 He won’t break a bruised reed;
he won’t extinguish a faint wick,
but he will surely bring justice.
4 He won’t be extinguished or broken
until he has established justice in the land.
The coastlands await his teaching. Isaiah 42:1-4 CEB
What a bill of goods we have been sold! We’ve been told so much garbage about what is required to be a person of value. Perhaps today it would be a good exercise to study these verses and make notes for yourself about the kind of work Jesus is going to be up to when he gets on the scene, and then think about all the ways you have imagined your own life, its work, and the true nature of abundant living.