Matthew 12:18

18 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.

“Behold My Servant:” See Him in His life, labor and love. We look at this extraordinary One and see a delighted Master commenting on One who He picked out above all others to carry out the Master’s will. He was uniquely qualified; He brought pleasure and full satisfaction to the soul of His Master. It wasn’t only that He was qualified to do what He was asked, but He was willing to do it. Beyond that, the Master put His own spirit upon Him so that He and the One whom He served would think and act as one. Surely my soul is delighted with such a Servant who unhesitatingly does the will of God. I too, am to be a servant. “A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.”

“Behold the Lamb:” See this Lamb in His sinlessness and sacrifice. “He is led as a lamb to the slaughter…” Why such a Lamb as this, slain, as it were, from before the foundation of the world? A sinless substitute was needed and there was no other; no other man; no other way; no other one who was the same as me without the sin problem, and who could or would do such a thing as to bear away the sin of the world.

“Behold the Man:” See Him in His beauty and sympathy. He was brought forth before the people who rejected Him. “He came unto His own and His own received Him not.” He stood before them bound, humiliated, abused – an object of normal sympathy. In the beauty of His nature; in the holiness of His character; in the righteousness of His life He should have been received with open arms and hearts – but no. When Pilate said, “Behold the Man,” they said, “Away with Him, we will not have this Man to reign over us.” Thank God, I look upon Him and can honestly say, “He is altogether lovely. He is the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.”

“Behold the Sower:” See Him in His words, works and faithfulness. See this Holy One, moving among the people and blessing them with His works as He heals the sick, feeds the hungry, forgives the sinners, befriends to the friendless, gives life to the dead, blesses the children. His words of truth and life sound forth so that the testimony is given, “Never man spake like this Man.” His words are truth and they are life. His faithfulness to God was seen and heard as He glorified God here on the earth. May I too, in my own life, “glorify God in my body and my spirit which are His.”

“Behold your King:” See Him in His might, majesty and authority. The cross is past; the resurrection is an established fact; the ascension of the Lord has taken place, so now we wait for His return. At the right hand of God, we “Behold” our King; as the One that moves the hearts and actions of earthly rulers, we “Behold” our King; as the One that changes dark sinners into children of the light, we “Behold” our King. We see Him in His might and majesty. We see Him in His dignity and authority. We say of him, “My Lord and my God.”

“Behold the Greater:” See Him in His supremacy, pre-eminence and glory. There is no one that can compare with Him. Solomon in splendor had only reflected light. The flowers of the field have glory only as it comes from the dark ground with life from the Greater. The mountains in their intimidating greatness and silence only reach so high and then with their long fingers point to Him who is the Greater. And here am I in limited, weak, almost speechless, reverence before Him saying, “Unto us which believe, He is the preciousness.” And He is not ashamed to call us “brethren” and “friends.”

“Behold your God:” See Him in His deity, dignity and glory. He is the Father of eternity; the great “I AM”; the Self-revealing One; the Originator of all things; the Creator; the Alpha and Omega; the God of Grace; the God of Peace – all the titles and names and honors men could ever give to Him are nothing compared to who and what He really is. Heaven is His throne; earth is His footstool, and yet He stoops to dwell with and in men. He meets with His own; He hears their cries and the thoughts and intents of their heart He knows, and He answers according to His will.

“O God, the God of all and everything: my heart is fearful and glad at the same time to speak thus to Thee. With such extraordinary displays of Thy Person; I now go forth to join with others in worship, praise, adoration and thanksgiving. I go softly in my spirit; quietly in my heart; humbly in my mind to say “Thanks…honor…glory…praise be to Thee for who Thou art, Amen.”

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