This One I Esteem

Isaiah 66 1-2

Is Jesus not God? And did not His hand create all things?

God’s word is unique, in that it can, at times, be speaking of two individuals or events at the same time. Based on the scripture surrounding these two verses, we can conclude that Isaiah is speaking of the Messiah.   John 1:3 says, “All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”   Just as the world looked for salvation in God’s promised Messiah, God was also looking forward to that time that He may send His son to redeem mankind, and restore His relationship with us.

Jesus humbled Himself and came as a baby in the manger, made vulnerable in the flesh. He put aside His crown, His Godhead, and  His glory to take on flesh and live among us.  He did this that He might experience our life, in order to be our high priest, and that He might show us the way to the Father.  We cannot become gods, but if we humble ourselves as Jesus did and subject ourselves to God, and become vulnerable to Him, we can become His sons and daughters.

“Contrite” is defined as grieving or penitent for sin or shortcomings.  Jesus was contrite in His spirit, grieving not for His sin or shortcomings, (because He had none,) but for OURS.  Our sin breaks God’s heart.  He is grieved by the separation and pain it causes us.  This is why He sent His Son to be the sacrifice needed to end sin – once and for all.

“Trembles” could mean in fear, but I see it more as in reverence, having respect for God’s word. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus defers to His Father’s authority over Him and His work. A son has reverence for His father, remembering that He was to show us the way to the Father.

This passage also refers to true believers whom God looks to – to continue the work of His Son.  We need to be humble in the knowledge that it is Christ in us working in His strength, not our own.  We need to be contrite in spirit – grieving over our sin, as well as that of others, recognizing our own sin and yielding to the Spirit for guidance.  Lastly, always trembling at His word, not in fear, but in reverence for what His word has done in our lives and what we see of God’s word working in others through our yielding to the Spirit.

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