But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, warning them not to tell who he was. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
"Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope."
I went back and re-read Isaiah 42:1-4 to cross reference this quote in Matthew. I love how God reveals His plan in the Old Testament and reminds us in the New, "I told you so!" The lengths He goes to to find even me. In my research I also found a sweet reminder of just how much my God really pours out His love for me. Jeremiah 31:2 says, "And from far away the Lord appeared to his people and said, "I love you people with a love that will last forever. That is why I have continued showing you kindness."
I have to question why He didn't just give up? Why didn't He let His wrath cause us to burn the real death we deserved?
Even after generations of people had spit in His face, He still loved them. After a nation of chosen ones had stripped Him naked and ripped His incarnated flesh, He still died for them...for me! And even today, after billions have chosen to prostitute themselves before the pimps of power, fame, and wealth, He still waits for them...for me! So I am very blessed by the fact that "He chooses to love me with a love that will last forever." It leaves me in AWE OF HIS GLORY!