The servant is the one who secured us by His work. So, how is the servant going to remove the offense of exile from His people?
When Israel wants a king we would think that is a good thing. The reason being that they were a people who did everything by the standard of what is right in their own eyes. So, what does kingship mean and what can be bad about it?
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?
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?
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?