The planned out rescue

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2 December, 2018Simon Dent

Today is the first Sunday in Advent; the season before Christmas when we prepare for the celebration of God became a human being. In doing so God not only changed the course of history but His very self. This advent we will be focusing on the promise of Jesus coming way back in Israel’s History in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah prophesied at a difficult time for the people of God.  He spoke judgement and mercy and lifted their eyes to focus on the one sent from God to rescue. Isaiah says “the bruised reed he will not break and the smouldering wick he won’t snuff out”. Now that a promise we all need. 

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?’

11 He said to them, ‘If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.’

13 Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:


‘Here is my servant whom I have chosen,

    the one I love, in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him,

    and he will proclaim justice to the nations.


He will not quarrel or cry out;

    no one will hear his voice in the streets.


A bruised reed he will not break,

    and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out,

till he has brought justice through to victory.


    In his name the nations will put their hope.

1 ‘Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

    my chosen one in whom I delight;

I will put my Spirit on him,

    and he will bring justice to the nations.

2 He will not shout or cry out,

    or raise his voice in the streets.

3 A bruised reed he will not break,

    and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

4 he will not falter or be discouraged

till he establishes justice on earth.

    In his teaching the islands will put their hope.’

5 This is what God the Lord says –

the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,

    who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,

    who gives breath to its people,

    and life to those who walk on it:

6 ‘I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;

    I will take hold of your hand.

I will keep you and will make you

    to be a covenant for the people

    and a light for the Gentiles,

7 to open eyes that are blind,

    to free captives from prison

    and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

8 ‘I am the Lord; that is my name!

    I will not yield my glory to another

    or my praise to idols.

9 See, the former things have taken place,

    and new things I declare;

before they spring into being

    I announce them to you.’

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