The Christmas Servant (Isaiah 50:4-51:16)

The servant is the one who lives out the promises of the Lord.  This is great, it is encouraging, and it is very significant for his mission.  However, why would we appeal to this text for Christmas rather than Isaiah 9 or Isaiah 7 if we were going to use a passage from Isaiah?  What does this servant teach us about the significance of Christmas?

An Unarmed Warrior (Isaiah 49:1-13)

The promised warrior is supposed to secure a life that never ends.  You would expect such a warrior to be well armed, and be dressed for battle in the most intimidating way.  This is what we want as humans to know that this warrior is an intimidating being.  The problem with this is it is not the picture that Isaiah casts for the redeeming warrior.  What kind of warrior will deliver and why is this the warrior that we need?

A Weak Warrior (Isaiah 42:1-9)

We can talk about the Advent of Christ, but do we really understand the nature of his mission?  Do we really understand the state of His people?  We can claim that this is only a problem for Israel, but are they the only broken people in the Lord’s Word?  How does this old prophet relate to us today?