What Jesus Did! 'Fulfilling the Mission' — Matthew 12:17-19

Monday, June 7, 2021

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[Jesus healed many and then warned those he healed not to reveal who he was.] This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him:
"Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen.
He is my Beloved, who pleases me.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
He will not fight or shout
or raise his voice in public."
— Matthew 12:17-19 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus is clearly living out of a sense of mission and calling. He is doing the Father's will. Powerfully at his baptism and at his transfiguration, Jesus is declared by God to be his Son, whom he loves. Once again we are reminded that Jesus is chosen by God to be his servant (Son) whom he loves and who brings him pleasure. In addition, his ministry is carried out by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit's purpose is to share God's love, mercy and justice — specifically what Jesus has been doing. In much the same way, we are called, chosen, and empowered by God through his Holy Spirit. He lives in us, and our goal is to bring God pleasure and to do his will. We are God's children and Jesus' disciples. So the real question is whether or not we're trying to live by the power of his Spirit and trying to have pleasing him and sharing his grace with others as our goal in life!

Today's Prayer

Abba Father, please help me to find your will for my life so that I may serve you with undiluted devotion and bring you pleasure. Please forgive me when I get caught up in things that are not healthy for me spiritually and not helpful for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Please bless me with the wisdom to know what is best to do to honor you today and each day of the rest of my life. In Jesus' name, and because of his grace, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 3:13-17
  • Matthew 17:1-5
  • Romans 8:14-16


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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