Before we dig into each of the lessons to come, let’s take a moment and overview what is to come. Read Isaiah 61:1-3. What stands out to you? As an overview, something catches my eye. Isaiah gives us quite a number of verbs. But those verbs are not for us. Read over them again. Those verbs describe that which Jesus does as Messiah.
Our Jesus does. He does not sit aside. He does not wait. Jesus executes. He works out the will of God in our lives. He does.
We’ve fallen prey to the mixing up God’s commands to us as a parallel reality for Him. What He commands of us, to wait and trust and follow, are not the same directives for Him. Think it through.
Who are we to wait on?
What are we to wait for?
In Whom are we to trust?
Whom are we to follow?
He cannot fulfill the same directives, as He is the point. He is the center. He is the director of this orchestra. Imagine an orchestra conductor who tries to follow his own signals. It simply does not make sense. Neither does it make sense for us to cast Jesus in the same light as us.
Yes, He is fully Man, and as such He is the high priest who can understand our afflictions. But He is also something we never can be. He is fully God. We are not. His directives cannot be the same as ours else He would not be different than us.
And our Jesus is different. Embrace that. Let that set a moment. Let it sink in that the Jesus Who commands us is not subject to the same commands in the same way.
So remove Him from the same light. Remember He is the Messiah Who does. And God gave those words to Isaiah before Jesus became incarnate.
Our Messiah acts. He is always executing. Imagine baking bread. At no point in the process does the baker only wait. Yes, there are phases where the baker mixes and kneads, but every step of the way is baking bread. Even in the rising, when the tough lump of dough sits, the baker is still making bread. As the yeast activates and those air bubbles emerge from the yeast process, the baker is still making bread though the baker’s hands do not touch the dough at this phase. When the raised dough gets punched down, formed into what will predicate its final form, the baker’s hands are active. But when the dough is in the oven, the baker is still making bread. The baker knows the dough, the properties of the ingredients, and knows how to make them come together in a way that makes bread. Every step of the process is making bread.
Here’s the thing: Jesus is always executing. Like the baker, Jesus is refining us. We may not feel His hands pressing and pulling and shaping, but it doesn’t mean He has stopped, or that He is waiting. The baker doesn’t wait for the dough to learn a lesson before moving to the next step.
We have so mistaken Jesus. He does not wait. He executes. In John 2, when He tells Mary, “My time has not yet come,” He isn’t waiting. He is executing the plan. And the plan had not reached the point where He would be publicly revealed as Messiah. He wasn’t waiting; He was following the plan.
Which takes us back to Isaiah. The anointed Messiah acts:
- bring (vs. 1)
- bind (vs. 1)
- proclaim (vs. 1)
- opening (vs. 1)
- proclaim (vs. 2)
- comfort (vs. 2)
- grant (vs. 3)
- give (vs. 3)
Messiah acts. Prophesied before His incarnation, listed in Isaiah, the Messiah acts. He does not wait, He does not sit. He acts. If you catch yourself thinking that Jesus is waiting on you to do something, stop. The God of the universe need not your permission to execute His plan. Does He want your cooperation? Yes. Does He know you cooperating will make the process more peace-filled for you? Yes. But is He bound by you? No. He acts. He executes His plan.
Jesus waits for no man. Jesus does. Embrace that as you go through your day. Jesus is not waiting for the perfect time to do anything–He is executing the part of the plan necessary for today. Stop believing Jesus is twiddling His heavenly thumbs, just kicking around the clouds waiting. Jesus acts. He always has.