He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also make You a light of the nations
So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” – Isaiah 49:6 (NASB)
A meditation on Isaiah 49:6.
It is too small a thing for our King to be dressed in splendour, in fine linen and of robes in silk arrayed in brilliant colours.
It is too small a thing for Him to speak of all wisdom, in the brilliance of this world, one whom the nations would look up to.
It is too small thing for Him to hold attraction, charisma, or any desire that we should follow him.
It is too small thing for our messiah to deliver in battle, victoriously conquering any foe, to take dominion over the kingdoms with authority and power.
It is too small a thing for Him to restore the tribes of Israel, they the holy nation, to their promised land; establishing David’s throne forever.
It is too small a thing for Him to bring Jacob’s people back to the land of their father Abraham, God’s special possession, to inhabit a land flowing of milk and honey.
It is too small thing to keep Israel as the chosen people, they alone the royal priesthood among a perishing world.
This is the greatness of our God:
Our Messiah is the suffering servant, man of sorrows, dressed in humility, holding nothing that we should desire Him. This is the greatness of our God.
Our Messiah is Jesus of Nazareth, borne in Bethlehem; a stable His first home, a manger his first bed. This is the greatness of our God.
Our Messiah was beaten, mocked, and betrayed; obedient to death, even death on that cross despite of all innocence. This is is the greatness of our God.
Our Messiah bore the wrath in justice before the infinitely holy God, winning victory over death, risen to life, forever giving our atonement before the father in forgiveness of sins. This is the greatness of our God.
Our Messiah has given us our justification and holds our sanctification. A righteousness that will never fail. This is the greatness of our God.
Our Messiah is a light to the Gentiles, bringing peace to those who are near, and peace to those who far, saving even the uttermost. This is the greatness of our God.
Our Messiah though despised and abhorred, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the gentiles, has brought Salvation to the ends of the earth. This is the greatness of our God.