When a Jew read this text, I suspect he/she had mixed feelings. The prophet first tells us that Messiah will not "shout or cry out, or raise His voice in the streets." He also tells us that he will not be apart of any violence when He comes, but later, the prophet seems to contradict himself, because he says, "the Lord will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior He will stir up His zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies." Which is it? Will Messiah be a pacifist who changes the world from a spiritual perspective, or is He a warrior who will lead His people to victory over their conquerors? The Jews in Isaiah's era did not have the privilege of living in the day Messiah walked the earth, nor did they have the New Testament to help answer their questions. Isaiah is writing exactly what Yahweh tells him to write; therefore, it is possible that he does not fully understand what is being said. Today, however, we have much more information to work with, and we can honestly say that Jesus is both a spiritual leader and a warrior. When Jesus was born on that first Christmas day, He came ready to lead His people in a spiritual revolution that would shake up the man-made religion of the Jewish aristocrats. Eventually, He will return to the earth as the warrior depicted in the later portion of this chapter. He will come with swords blazing ready to defeat the enemies of His people and end their reign of terror over the earth. This is our Messiah, Jesus Christ, and He will not fail in His mission.

Help me, Lord, to worship You as my spiritual Savior and as the great Warrior who will defeat Satan and sit on Your throne throughout eternity. Help me to stay the course no matter what comes my way, because You are always with me and always ready to help.