Look well at my handpicked servant;
I love him so much, take such delight in him.
I’ve placed my Spirit on him;
he’ll decree justice to the nations.
But he won’t yell, won’t raise his voice;
there’ll be no commotion in the streets.
He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings,
won’t push you into a corner.
Before you know it, his justice will triumph;
the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even
among far-off unbelievers.
Hope is a constant theme in the Old and New Testaments. In Matthew’s gospel the prophet Isaiah’s words about hope are quoted above in the Message translation.
We put our hope in the reality of the Kingdom of God today and beyond, trusting that God’s justice will indeed triumph. We identify ourselves as people of hope because we believe that Christ has died…Christ has risen…Christ will come again.
As God’s people, the name of Jesus inspires hope within our hearts and souls to because while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. The good news is that Christ loves you and me with a love that is sacrificial, pure and unconditional.
May God’s Spirit be placed upon you and me so that we may be anointed with hope and rejoices at the mere sound of Christ’s name.