Isaiah 42 begins with the prophet talking about Jesus. “Behold my servant”. Jesus was Son of God, but He also was Servant to all people. He described Himself as such in many places in scripture. He served us while on this earth for His short life, but has continued that role serving us more effectively than ever from heaven. God is supporting His Son in that role: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights”. He also is pleased and delighted with how Christ has filled the servant spot.
God prepared Him for the task: “I have put my Spirit upon him”. Jesus wasn’t just thrust into the spot of being servant to all mankind without being equipped with the necessary power and tools. God always equips those He calls. If He puts us in a place to do ministry or walk with Him, He’ll always provide the power, talent and support to enable us to do so successfully if we call to Him and walk in His ways. What God originates, God orchestrates. He doesn’t give us a job to do without setting us up for success. It’s up to us to grab onto His provision and use it under His control.
God is a God of change. “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them”. Not only is Jesus coming as servant, but God is making clear there is a change in how we will connect with Him. God is master of both the past (the former things) and the future (new things). Being the master of both the future and the past, God has the present well in hand also. Since God is in control of His Creation, He can declare things (like Christ and His coming) far before they spring forth. He knows all and is in all. We can trust His Word!
Isaiah points out what our response should be to this coming Christ: “Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth…. Let the desert and its cities lift up their voice”. While this might seem like a small prophecy and change that’s coming, it is so much more. This literally changed everything for all eternity. God sent His Son to the earth to make it possible for sinners like you and me to be able to enter into a personal relationship and be set free from sin. That’s more than a tweak. That’s eternity changing and deserves our praise. God alone is worthy of our praise and glory. Every one of us is called to worship Him and sing a new song each day as God continues to love us and Christ continues to serve on our behalf!