Prophet and Loss (Imminent Domain part 6)

A Face in the crowd

"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 Esiaias the prophet, saying," (Matthew 12:15-17, emphasis mine) Do you get this? The whole reason He had to do what He did is because not only had He healed a man on the Sabbath (!) but the fallout resulted in the Pharisees wanting to kill Him for it. From one extreme to the other. This is the prophecy from Isaiah, by the way:

"Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street." (Isaiah 42:1-2, emphasis mine)

Isaiah's prophecy refers to the lack of strain Jesus would have to endure based on the fact that not only was the groundwork laid with John's ministry and sacrifice but that He was God. Any struggle He faced as He walked with His Father was done so at His Father's behest. And so, going forward, another connotation of the prophecy would be that Jesus didn't have to tell you where He was going or what He was doing.

"The baptism of John, whence was it? from Heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From Heaven; He will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And He said unto them, Neither tell you by what authority I do these things." (Matthew 21:25-27)

A Face in the cloud

Trust. Do we really believe that God is going to do what He told us? Whether it's written in His word or something we want that flows in line with it, we must hang on. The broad stroke of "what things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24) is like the fixed point on which we hang all our hopes for things we want from God we cannot otherwise obtain. Think about what Jesus wanted. He wanted His Father's will on one hand and His bride on the other. One is totally within our power. The other does the Father have to grant. It's the same with us. Jesus had to die in order to receive His bride. But death always precedes resurrection. And dying to our wills and our wants will ensure God resurrects them with His power and purpose and life.

"I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me." (Psalm 57:2)