But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; And charged them that they should not make him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. Matthew 12:15-21
It’s amazing when you read the book of Isaiah and see all the prophecies that were fulfilled about Jesus, and the exact detail of his incarnation to his death on the cross. The prophet Isaiah was given amazing detail by God about Christ, here we see another prophecy foretold by Isaiah that was fulfilled by Jesus.
Isaiah 42 for tells us exactly about the ministry of Christ, a Chosen Servant that will have the Holy Spirit. Remember the Baptism of Christ when the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove upon Jesus. The Messiah will bring justice to the Gentiles, notice a foretelling of the New Covenant here from the Old Testament. The Christ Jesus didn’t just come to save Israel, but came to save God’s elect, Jew or Gentile
In the prophecy it states “I will keep you and give you as a Covenant to the People, A light to the Gentiles “ (Isaiah 42:6) Remember Christ instituted the New Covenant (Luke 22) on the cross, when Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of God and said “It Is Finished” (John 19:30) And give you (Christ) as a Covenant to the People (Elect) A light to the Gentiles (New Covenant) God did not say just a Light to Israel but a Light to the Gentiles, Jesus Christ the light of the world for everyone who becomes Born Again
Behold the former things have come to pass, and New things I declare (Isaiah 42:9) This is New Covenant language, another foretelling of God’s eternal Kingdom, the New Heavens and New Earth (Revelation 21) Christ is making all things New by defeating sin and death at the cross, this was all foretold and fulfilled by Jesus Christ
The Apostle Matthew always does a nice job tying together the Old and New Testaments, demonstrating how Christ fulfilled all these prophecies foretold by Isaiah. His name (Jesus) shall the Gentiles trust (Matthew 12:21) All our hope and salvation is in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) there is no other way to salvation or God (John 14:6) Amen!