Isaiah Foretells The Coming of Jesus: Isaiah 42:1-4
““1) Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one 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 out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. 3) A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. 4) He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”” Isaiah‬ ‭42:1-4‬
As we shall see over the next few days, the prophet Isaiah gave many prophecies about Jesus as the coming Messiah. This is one of them.
Jesus quoted this very text about Himself in Matthew 12:15-21. The whole gospel can be shared by using only the book of Isaiah. As we unpack many of these prophesies about Jesus from the book of Isaiah, it becomes astounding that the Jewish nation missed Him.
Of course, the most obvious two texts about His birth were Isaiah 7:14-15 combined with Isaiah 9:6-7. These two tell about His virgin birth and His identity as God. Verse six says, “… and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Some argue that “Wonderful Counselor” should be broken into two titles. Make no mistake, the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is God.
So why are these prophesies in the book of Isaiah so important? Simple because they were given hundreds of years before Jesus was born. God was preparing the way before Him.
You may wonder, “If Isaiah foretold so much about His birth, did he say anything about His death?” That’s a great question we will tackle in the next post.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global