“Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed.” Rom. 15:8
Paul shows us that to accomplish God’s will, Christ humbled himself to become a servant to the Jews just as God had promised to the patriarchs.
God spoke promises to Abraham that from his offspring, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. These promises were repeated to his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob. Later God told David that he would have offspring whose kingdom and authority would be established forever.
Not only did Jesus, the Messiah, come from Israel, he came to Israel. He served as a prophet, priest, teacher and king! He was the ultimate servant as He gave His life for Israel’s sin and for ours. His sacrifice on the cross was the all-sufficient sacrifice.
More than just a king who would lead them, the Messiah came as a servant to show God’s faithfulness to honor his promises to the forefathers of Israel. “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5).
In Christ, we Gentiles have also been brought into the covenant. “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13:47).
The hope of Israel was realized through the birth of Jesus, the son of David and the son of Abraham. Prophecy fulfilled! God’s promises are true! His promises to the patriarchs were true. His promises to us are true!
Jesus, thank you for your true Word, and that you never change! You were God Almighty to the patriarchs and to every generation since. Thank you for the perfect plan of salvation through the blood of the Lamb. Help us serve others as you have served us! Amen.
Contributed by Vickie Petersen