May the Holy Spirit rest on us

“Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen.
    He is my Beloved, who pleases me.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
    and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
 He will not fight or shout
    or raise his voice in public.
 He will not crush the weakest reed
    or put out a flickering candle.
    Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.
 And his name will be the hope
    of all the world.”[a]   –  Matthew 12:18-21

The Pharisees took counsel to find some accusation, that Jesus might be condemned to death. Aware of their design, as his time was not come, he retired from that place. Face does not more exactly answer to face in water, than the character of Christ drawn by the prophet, to his temper and conduct as described by the evangelists. Let us with cheerful confidence commit our souls to so kind and faithful a Friend. Far from breaking, he will strengthen the bruised reed; far from quenching the smoking flax, or wick nearly out, he will rather blow it up into a flame. Let us lay aside contentious and angry debates; let us receive one another as Christ receives us. And while encouraged by the gracious kindness of our Lord, we should pray that his Spirit may rest upon us, and make us able to copy his example. – Matthew Henry

This explains the manner in which judgment shall be brought forth. It is no doubt true, that there never was any portion whatever of righteousness in the world that did not proceed from the Spirit of God, and that was not maintained by his heavenly power; as none of the kings of the earth can frame or defend good order, except so far as he shall be assisted by the same Spirit. But in bringing forth judgment Christ is greatly superior to all others, for he has received the Spirit from the Father, that he may pour it out on all his people; for not only does he by word or writing prescribe what is proper, but inwardly forms the hearts of men, by the grace of his Spirit, to preserve the rule of righteousness. – Calvin

What makes this feature of Christ’s portrait so amazing is that Jesus Christ holds
the most privileged position in the universe. He has absolute authority over every
creature. If any ruler ever had a right to reclaim his own kingdom by force of arms
and battle shouts it was Jesus Christ. But when God anointed him with the Holy
Spirit the result was very different from that. “He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor
will anyone hear his voice in the streets.” He will not deal with his enemies now by
desperate quarreling or loud disputes or uproars in the streets. When the river of
your life runs deep the waters can be peaceful. Too many people today are trying to
show the fullness of the Spirit by loudness and harshness and much show. Jesus
simply did his work and tried to avoid notoriety. “In quietness and trust will be your
strength” (Is. 30:15). The Kingdom of Christ is not of this world. If it were there would
be clashes in the street, loud disputes, and battle cries of violence (John 18:36). But
instead the Kingdom comes like a mustard seed, like leaven in a lump of dough. It
comes as righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). It is
received like a child (Mark 10:15). It conquers by the force of truth, love and spiritual
power. – John Piper



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