This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
Matthew 12 : 17 – 18
One of the important things we have learned during the ‘lockdown‘ is the importance of some jobs that society previously undervalued – at least in terms of the wages paid to the people who do these jobs – cleaners, care workers, shop assistants, health workers, transport workers etc. While we were sheltering in our houses, these folk were going out to their places of work and putting themselves and their families at risk. They were called ‘front line’ workers and they certainly were – serving the public and caring for the vulnerable.
In our passage, Matthew is summing up the work of Jesus with a quotation from Isaiah.
“Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, the one I love and with whom I am pleased.”
Jesus showed the importance of the servant when he washed his disciples feet in the Upper Room. He told his disciples that they should follow his example.
The quotation from Isaiah goes on to say, “he will proclaim justice to the nations.” So Jesus came to bring justice. Bringing justice to the world is part of the task of Jesus’ followers.
One area where justice is lacking is in the way we regard and reward our front line workers!
Prayer: Living God we thank you for all those, who through their daily work, serve other people. Help us to honour the service they give.
Action: Continue to ‘applaud’ the contribution of our front line workers and support efforts to ensure that they and all workers are paid a fear wage.