Behold God's Servant


Sunday (8/20), gather with your church family as we turn our attention to Matthew 12:15-21. Jesus had angered the Pharisees by desecrating their traditions regarding the Sabbath. First, He allowed His disciples to work on the Sabbath (12:1); He entered the Synagogue and healed a man on the Sabbath (12:13), and then after leaving, He healed everyone who had followed Him out of the Synagogue (12:15).

Jesus’ popularity was waning, but most of the multitude still followed Him, hanging on every word He spoke, hoping He might touch, heal, deliver, or perform a miracle for them. The more He did, the angrier the Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees became. These three groups despised each other, but they put aside their theological differences to conspire to destroy Jesus (12:14).

The Evangelist, Matthew, then adds an Old Testament prophecy to the narrative that the other two, Mark and Luke, had left out. He wrote that everything that had happened was a fulfillment of Isaiah 42:1-4, in which the prophet, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, noted that despite Israel’s sin and rejection of God, a Messiah would come who would provide a way for salvation.

Matthew added the passage from Isaiah to prove that Jesus of Nazareth was the One spoken of by the prophet. He quoted Isaiah more than any of the other three gospels. His audience was primarily Jewish, so he made it his mission to show that Jesus and only Jesus was the only one who could fulfill each of the prophecies.

Even though Matthew’s gospel is primarily written to a Jewish audience, it is evident from Jesus’ life and message that He had come to save not just the Jews but the people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (12:18, 21).

Therefore, Matthew begins the Isaiah passage with the word, Behold (12:15). Why? Because it directs the reader to look, study and meditate on the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible centers on His life, ministry, death, and resurrection. And when those who lived during His earthly ministry, and those of the present age, look to Jesus, each will find that He has come to give them life and life more abundantly (John 10:10).

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube: Calvary Inverness); (website:
In His Strong Love,

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