Jesus the Answer

Alec Motyer

READ : Isaiah 49:1-13

“That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6 NKJV)

The Servant of the Lord, Isaiah’s preview of the Lord Jesus Christ, is himself the
salvation the Lord plans and the whole world needs. More than something Christ does,
salvation is something he is. Salvation comes to us when we open our hearts to Jesus, when
we receive him as our own personal Savior. It is not to be had anywhere else, nor linked
with anyone else, nor enjoyed other than by embracing the person of the Savior. This is
what Isaiah foresaw.

In context, the nominal people of God—claiming the name Israel but without right
to do so—return to their land without peace with God (48:22). But the Lord’s Servant
is hidden in the Lord’s hand, an arrow ready polished to hit its target (v. 2), with the
double task of restoring Israel to God and bringing salvation to the ends of the earth (v.
6).

Today’s passage climaxes with the Song of the Cosmos (v. 13). Heaven and earth unite in praise of the Lord’s comfort for his people and compassion for his afflicted—all the “downtrodden” ones. Jesus is both promised comfort and compassion. There is no other, and we need no other. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus; Look full in his wonderful face.”

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, for the loveliness and sufficiency of your provision.