Ellet J. Waggoner
“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law” (Isa. 42:1-4). This is the work of Christ. What a world of comfort and encouragement there is in the statement of it, especially in the last verse. His work is to set justice, or righteousness, in the earth. Righteousness can be set in the earth only by putting it into the hearts of men.
Christ’s work is to take poor, weak, sinful men, and make righteous beings of them; to clothe them with the righteousness of God. Very poor material He has to work with, and no one knows this better than He. But He shall not fail or be discouraged in this work. He knows how difficult the task is; and knowing man’s sinfulness and hardness of heart, He is not discouraged. Then what occasion is there for being discouraged? If He is not discouraged with His task, need we be? Shall we not gather courage from His courage? We may be of good courage, for He has overcome the world, and in Him we shall do valiantly.
--The Present Truth: August 29, 1895