#DailyDevotion The Father Wraps Jesus In Salvation & Righteousness
Isaiah 618“For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and crime. I will honestly reward your work. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. 9Your children will be known among the nations and your descendants among the peoples. All who see them will realize they are descendants the LORD has blessed.” 10I will be very glad in the LORD, I will delight in my God, for He has dressed me in the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness as a bridegroom puts on a priestly turban and a bride puts on her beautiful jewels. 11As the ground produces its sprouts and a garden makes the seed sown in it come up, so the Lord GOD will make righteousness and praise spring up in the sight of all the nations.
The LORD is speaking to his Servant here. Remember Jesus reads this passage from Isaiah and lets us know this is all about him.
So when the LORD says, “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and crime. I will honestly reward your work. I will make an everlasting covenant with you.” He is speaking to Jesus, who also is the LORD. It would be robbery and crime for the LORD not to honestly reward Jesus’ work. It is the LORD’s justice to reward Jesus for what he has done in his life, innocent suffering and death for our salvation.
So the LORD, here the person of the Father, makes a covenant with his Servant, Jesus, for all his work. His children and descendents will be known among all the nations. The nations see us and know we are blessed. Of course they will know this all the more when we are revealed to the nations at Jesus’ revelation in judgment. The author of Hebrews writes in chapter 2, 12He says: I will tell My brothers Your name, in the congregation I will sing Your praise. 13 “And again: ‘I will trust Him.’ And again: ‘Here am I and the children God has given Me.’” Yes, we are the descendents and children of Jesus begotten of him through the water and the word of faith which we received at baptism. The Spirit has made us Jesus’ children and brothers.
The Servant, Jesus, rejoices in the LORD and delights in his God. Remember the Son of God has taken on a creaturely status as Man. Insofar as Jesus is Man he looks to God his Father as God and LORD, for he tells the disciples, “I am returning to my God and your God, to my Father and your Father.” That is the mystery of the incarnation. The Son of God becomes the Servant, the Man, that we all through faith in him may become truly Man before the Father and on his throne at the eschaton.
Jesus praises the Father because he has “dressed me in the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness.” That robe is his human nature in which he has won salvation and righteousness for us, to give it to us freely through faith in him and his works. Through the shedding of his blood Jesus make righteousness and praise spring up throughout the nations. That is what Jesus makes of us as he draws us to himself and conforms us to his image and likeness, righteousness and praise to God the Father.
O righteous Father, you made your eternal Son to take on human flesh and wrapped him with righteousness and salvation so we may be able to receive him and through him be made righteous and sing your praise. Grant us faith in Jesus so we may indeed be Christ’s children who declare his salvation unto the nations. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.