365 Prophecies: Prophecy 228
The Messiah shall have a unique position with God as “His Son” while also acting as “His Servant,” when He makes His life an offering for sin.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 52:13a Behold, My Servant…
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”
Hebrews 1:1-5 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”?
It is nearly impossible for any man to make himself the servant of another man in complete humility and sincerity. There is a flawed character in fallen man that is constantly seeking to be exalted and magnified above other men. The Biblical example of leadership that the New Testament reveals—uses the example of Jesus Christ as a basis for what a servant of God should exemplify.
To become a true servant of others is the highest form of leadership that the Old Testament prophecies ascribe to the Messiah’s purpose. Although Jesus is described as God Himself and the Creator of all that exists, He makes Himself a Servant of the creation He made, in order to redeem it back to the glory He originally intended.
There is no other man who has displayed this character of true humility in submission to others as a servant, more than Jesus Christ. He did this not only to set an example for us to follow but also to bring much glory to the Father, who allowed His only Son to be tortured and abused for the sake of all men. In doing this Jesus has proven His unique qualification as the one true judge and ruler of all men in the kingdom of God that is to come.
Matthew 20:25-28 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Anyone who sincerely seeks to be a Christian leader must be willing to be a servant leader, as Jesus became for us. Jesus’ greatness and uniqueness among all others is exemplified by His example of a genuine servant—in the purest sense of the word. He came to lay down His life as a sacrifice for sins that He did not commit. There is no greater example of love in serving someone than to be willing to die for those who are the objects of your love.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
There are ten Old Testament prophecies which speak of the Messiah as the Servant of God:
The Messiah will be despised, rejected, abused and thought to be “a worm,” even less than a man.
The people who witness the crucifixion of the Messiah will say: “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him…”
The Messiah will make Himself the servant of the Father in order to lay His life down for those He will redeem. He will be gentle, patient, and not fail to complete the work the Father has given Him to do.
The Messiah shall be given all authority to judge, and every knee will bow to Him.
From His conception in the womb, the Messiah was called to be the “Servant of the Lord.”
The Messiah’s obedience in giving His life will make salvation possible for all people.
Through the Messiah’s humility in offering His life for the sins of all men, He shall be exalted and given a name that is above every other name.
The Messiah shall have a unique position with God as “His Son,” while also acting as “His Servant” when He makes His life an offering for sin.
The Messiah shall be “the servant of God,” as He submits Himself to God for man’s salvation.
The Messiah will come “lowly” (humbly).