“Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,
My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
He will not quarrel nor cry out,
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench,
Till He sends forth justice to victory;
And in His name Gentiles will trust.”
There are two things to seize hold of in there, brothers and sisters in Christ…at least two. I am going to seize hold of two and give them to you.
He is going to send forth justice to victory, and him His name Gentiles will trust. Lay hold of the fact that that’s you. Lay hold of the fact that what Yahweh does, has done in the Servant, in Jesus Christ, He has taken that coin that says “judgment” on one side and “justice” on the other…He has taken that coin and shown you the side that says “justice.” Justice is the side of the coin that gets shown to those who belong to Jesus. He has shown you the side of the coin that shows salvation. Don’t let go of that.
A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench. As I frequently do, I am going to overgeneralize from my own experience to my congregation. And because of that, I think I can say pretty reliably that most of us at some point in time this week could read those words “bruised reed” and “smoking flax”…that smouldering wick that put out that acrid smoking olive oil scent, and we could identify with that pretty easily. We can identify with it because we have seen it…in those around us, whether in our homes, in our workplaces, in our interactions on the internet, walking down the aisles at Wal Mart. And sometimes we see it, perhaps hopefully all the time, we see it in ourselves, don’t we. And sometimes, because it is in us too…we are bruised reeds and irritating smoking wicks…we don’t see it in those other people to whom those things apply.
And we end up face to face with our own sin. And O, cannot our own sin weigh us down. So even though from time to time we forget about the ‘bruised reed-ness’ and ‘smoking flax-ness’ of those around us, and sometimes we become altogether too conscious of those things in ourselves, Jesus does this. Jesus sets before you a meal. Jesus knows, brothers and sisters in Christ, that you are bruised reeds. He knows that you are smoking wicks. And it is because of that that He sets this sign before you that points to what He has done for you. Your sins are forgiven in Him, through His sacrifice. And He calls you to a Table and says “Come sit down with me…have a feast…because you are mine.
Paul writes this…
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
You proclaim, brothers and sisters in Christ, “I’m a bruised reed…I am smoking flax…and my Savior takes me in, like that.”