JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES
Leslie M. John
“A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth” (Isaiah 42:3)
It is not uncommon for man to think that God deals with us roughly in our weaknesses and in our failures, but it is not so; it is the opposite which is true. He deals with us gently and tenderly helping us to get out of troubles.
Prophet Isaiah’s words about Lord Jesus Christ are that He does not break a bruised reed and He will not quench smoking flax; but He restores them. Lord Jesus is the elect in whom the Father delights and laid upon Him, His Spirit to bring forth Judgment to the Gentiles. His cause and His voice will not go to be heard in the street (cf. Isaiah 42:1-4).
As prophesied in the Scriptures Jesus relinquished His glory that He had with the Father, humbled Himself and came into this world, in the form of servant, and in the likeness of a man, not only for Jews, but for Gentiles as well.
“…That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 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 shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust” (Matthew 12:16-21)
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7)
Addressing men of Israel Apostle Peter spoke that they denied Jesus Christ in the presence of Pilate, who testified that the Lord was innocent and just; and did nothing that deserved death penalty. Yet they demanded Jesus to be crucified by crying ‘crucify Him’. The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, has glorified the Son Lord Jesus Christ whom He raised from the dead on the third day. (cf. Mark 15:13; Acts 3:12-13).
He was the beloved Son of the Father, and He came to fulfill the Law. In fulfilling the Law He desired to be baptized and while coming out of the water after He was baptism in the river of Jordan, the Spirit of God descended upon Him and a voice was heard from heaven saying “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (cf. Matthew 3:16-17)
Speaking to His disciples before His crucifixion, Lord Jesus said that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion and power over their subjects, but in God’s realm it shall not be so. He said to them that whoever has greater responsibility among them should serve others; rather than commanding respect and authority. He cited His own example and said that He came to give His life a ransom for many. The Lord showed example by washing the feet of His disciples before He was taken to the Cross whereupon He laid His life for our sins, in order that we may receive everlasting life, by confessing our sins to Him, and by confessing that He is Lord, and God raised Him from the dead on the third day. (cf. John 13:5-10; Romans 10:9-10)
“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”. (Matthew 20:28)
Lord Jesus Christ came into this world not only for Jews but also for Gentiles. The Father said that the Son was given “for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house”. This prophecy was fulfilled when Simeon testified about Lord Jesus Christ saying…
“For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:30-32)
Apostle Paul and Barnabas said that the Lord set them to be as light of the Gentiles, in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ be proclaimed to the ends of the earth. They asked Gentiles to rejoice and praise the Lord. Isaiah the prophet prophesied that the Lord will rise to reign over the Gentiles and they will trust Him (cf. Acts 13:47-48; Romans 15:10-12; Isaiah 11:10)
Writing his epistle to the saints at Ephesus Paul says He God chosen us before the foundation of the world and asked us to be holy and without blame before Him. God neither neglected Jews nor Gentiles. Jews denied Jesus as their Messiah and that is the reason why God blinded their understanding, for a while, in order that Gentiles may also receive salvation.
The Church was a mystery in the Old Testament period and the mystery was made known to Apostle Paul. The mystery was that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs and of the same body, and partakers of the LORD’s promise in Christ by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no difference between Jews and Gentiles in the Church (Cf. Ephesians 3:3; Ephesians 3:6)
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him” (Romans 10:12)
God is not finished yet dealing with Israel nor did the Church replace Israel. Let us not hate Israel inasmuch as they are God’s beloved people. He has undying love for them in spite of their betrayal of their faith in Him (cf. Hosea Chapters 1 and 2). Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem as the Psalmist demanded (Ref. Psalm 122:6).
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Romans 11:25)
He has chosen us before the foundation of the world. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Ephesians 1:4)