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Devotional - week of January 28, 2007


too small a thing

 

Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’  Isaiah 49:6

 

The first six verses of Isaiah 49 are a prophecy about Jesus. In verse six God the Father states to God the Son that it is too small a thing, or not enough, for Him to be a blessing to the Jews only. God the Son is a light to the Gentiles that He might be God’s salvation unto the ends of the earth.

 

Some common beliefs about Jesus today are too small a thing, or not enough, for Him. For example, some people think that His crucifixion was only to make provision for the forgiveness of sins and that His resurrection only makes provision for the resurrection of believers when Jesus comes again.

 

Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected as “The Last Adam.” As the first Adam began the physical human race, Jesus began the spiritual race. We received a sin nature and a death nature when we entered the race of Adam. We were spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected when we entered the race of Jesus.

 

When a believer experiences his spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection, enormous changes take place in his life. He is filled with the Holy Spirit. He is sanctified. He has victory over sin. He serves God and others out of God’s resources and not his own.

 

There is joy in the heart of Jesus when one sinner repents of his sins and receives forgiveness. There will be great joy in the heart of Jesus when all believers receive their resurrected bodies. But one wonders about the grief there must be in the heart of Jesus when so few believers understand and take advantage of the many other things His crucifixion, burial and resurrection make possible.

 

It is too small a thing, or not enough, to explain the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus only as God’s way of making provision for the forgiveness of our sins and being given resurrected bodies when Jesus comes again.

 

Who will boldly step forward and announce other things made possible through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection?