Jesus - The Servant

W. Terry Varner
January 14, 2018

There are many titles by which we may study Jesus—He is Savior, High Priest, Mediator, Head of the body, the church, etc. Philippians sets forth the affirmation that Christians are to possess the same attitude and actions of Jesus who was willing to humble Himself, become a servant, and was willing to die on the cross. We are told, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. . . . Who . . . took upon Him the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-7). The result of His submission, service, and sacrifice, “God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name. . . . That every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to glory of the God the Father” (Philippians 2:9, 11). Consider:

Jesusthe Servant of Prophecy. It is said that the Old Testament contains over 300 prophecies related in some manner to Jesus. The Old Testament finds fulfillment of its promised hope in Jesus Christ. Isaiah, one of God’s spokesmen and prophets, foretells of the coming Servant, Jesus. Isaiah speaks of Jesus as the “servant of Jehovah” twenty times and applies this to Jesus. He sets forth four distinctive “Servant Songs” that relate to Jesus as God’s Servant.

Isaiah 42:1-9. These verses stress predictive prophecy as it relates to the coming of Jesus shows that Jesus was God’s “elect, in whom My [God] soul delights . . . He shall bring forth, judgment to the Gentiles. . . . He shall not fail. . . . Behold former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare” (42:1, 4, 9). Read carefully Isaiah 42:1-9 and you will notice not only His approval before God, but His gentleness, endurance, and universal influence.

Isaiah 49:1-13. Do not some of these verses suggest His unique birth? Compare Isaiah 49:1, 5). Jesus is declared as “My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified” (49:3). God predicted through Isaiah that Jesus would serve as “a light to the Gentiles” and God’s salvation to man (49:6). Salvation or redemption culminates in God’s c acceptable time” in which He will make His covenant with the people or the earth (49:8). When this accomplished then “the Lord will have comforted His people, and will have mercy upon the afflicted” (49:13).

Isaiah 50:4-11. This portion of Isaiah pictures Jesus as the “Suffering Servant” by describing His humiliation and suffering endured for the salvation or redemption of man. Christ’s determination is explained as “I gave My back to the smitters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord God will help me. . . . Behold the Lord God will help Me” (49:6-9). The text sets forth an important lesson and principle to each. Christ’s determination is explained as God helping Him and shows that Jesus bore it all for sinful man.

Isaiah 52-13-53:12. This section of Isaiah, sets forth the most details of the suffering “Servant Songs” of the entire Old Testament. They serve as an apex of biblical prophecy and divine love in redeeming man. While there was no special physical attractiveness possessed by Jesus, He was highly exalted afterwards. Sadly, while the text shows the work of Jesus on our behalf, it likewise shows that man’s reaction to Him was to “despise” and “not esteem Him” (53:3). Innocent of sin, Jesus was oppressed, afflicted and willing to die for our sins (53:7-9).