Isaiah 40-43: The Everlasting God

One of my favorite passage in Scripture is Isaiah 40:28-31. It says:

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

Normally, when we think of this passage, we think of God the Father, and obviously, all this could and should be said about Him. But I have reason to believe that we should consider Christ when we read these words. A few verses later, at the beginning of chapter 42, we read the first account of Isaiah’s “Servant”, referring to the Messiah, and in that account, are these words:

1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.

This Servant of the Lord will establish justice on the earth. He will not break what is bruised of snuff out what is barely burning, in other words, He will care for the poor and needy, the broken and hurting. And He will not grow weary or faint in His task.

This Servant is Jesus, and He is the Everlasting God. He is the one who said, “Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” He is the one who associates with the lowly and lifts up the weak, for Romans 5 reminds us that “while we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.”

Jesus will establish justice on the earth, caring for the poor and needy and judging the rebellious in heart. He has carried our burden to the cross so that we are not weighed down with sin. Instead, we are lifted up on wings like eagles, freed from the burden of sin and death, and free to rest in the strength of a God who’s power is as never-ending as His Name.

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