A Calling To Make His Salvation Known 

Not only does Jesus call us to walk in his justice, but also to make his salvation known.  He’s calling us to make his salvation known, because by God’s grace we know the Lord of Creation.  Look at Isaiah 42:5, “Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it.”  In V.1-4, the Lord was speaking about his servant the Messiah and now in V.5-9 he is speaking to his servant.  Before he says anything, the Lord uses four descriptions of himself to build the anticipation for what he is about to say. 

The Lord describes himself as the Creator of the heavens.  The God we serve is the one who made all things.  He made everything we see.  He owns it all.  He describes himself as the one who “stretched them out.”  This Hebrew word נָטָה can be used of someone putting up a tent and stretching it out.  So, the Lord stretches out the entire universe by his power like a tent.  It’s nothing at all for him.  He speaks and it flies into being.  He’s the one who spread out the earth.  Not only does he create life, but he sustains the life of every living creature.  He is the one “who gives breath to the people on it.  Have you ever thought about God like that before?  He is the one giving you breath right now.  Even people who claim there is no God; the Lord is supplying the very breath with which they dishonor him. 

He is the Lord is creation.  And this God has entered into a relationship with all those who trust in Jesus.  We need to be staggered by this.  We know the one who made it all.  Is there any more reason that we need to go make his salvation known?  He is calling us to make his salvation known. 

He is calling us to make his salvation known because we have experienced his redemption.  Redemption is another way of saying being rescued from the slavery of sin.  All true believers in Jesus Christ have experienced this.  Look at Isaiah, 42:6, “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations.”  So, here the Lord is speaking to his servant, Jesus Christ telling him, he is going to make him to be a covenant and a light. 

A covenant” signifies that the servant will be the means by which people come into a covenant relationship with God.  The Lord of creation around 700 hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ is announcing that he will be the way in which people come into a relationship with God.  Just before Jesus was crucified, the Bible says, in Luke 22:19, 20, “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”  When Jesus was crucified, he took our sin upon himself and God judged our sin in him, so that Jesus would be the way which our sins could be forgiven and we could have access to God.

The Lord also promises to make Jesus “a light for the nations.”  The person of Jesus Christ shines and beams the glory of God.  Jesus reveals and shows to us what God is like.  But God has made him a covenant and light for a purpose, redemption, Isaiah 42:7 says, “to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.”  Jesus came and was crucified and resurrected, so that we could see God.  He came so that we could be freed from the dungeons and darkness of our sins.  And now, Jesus is calling us to make his salvation known. 

Notice also the universal nature of the work of God’s servant in these nine verses; look at Isaiah 42:1, 4, and 6.  Think about the grace of God that Jesus would come down into the very world he created to serve sinners who have dishonored him.  What a mission trip!  Jesus came to bring us salvation to set us free.  Jesus is calling us to walk in his justice and make his salvation known.

One of the most powerful experiences I had in Brazil when I was there was the very last night and the last people I shared the gospel of Jesus with.  As I came up to their house, which smaller than most people’s storage sheds, I walked down a little path with weeds growing all around.  There was a small fire burning outside.  We greeted the couple and I went to sit down on an old rusty paint can and the husband, William offered me the only chair they had.  I began to share the gospel, I noticed his wife off to the side with tears streaming down her face.  I shared with them how they could be saved by trusting in Jesus and they both gave their lives to Christ.  What a privilege!

You know, Chris McCandless that April day walked off into the wild following the call of nature, but this lead to his own tragic death.  His life ended in desperation and hopelessness.  But you see Jesus is calling us.  His calling is wild too; it’s dangerous if you’re really listening.  Jesus is calling you.  Jesus is calling you into the wild to walk in his justice and to make his salvation known among the nations!