Friday, July 29, 2005

He will see His offspring: Is 53:10-12

"But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:10-12)
This scripture contains several truths. First, it testifies of the resurrection of Jesus. The prophesy says, "He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days." This is not the kind of thing you say about someone who is about to die young, and to die without leaving behind any children. Jesus died, yet in His resurrection, He lives forever. Jesus is alive today and He watches over His "children", those who have believed upon Him and who have become children of God.

Secondly, we see that Jesus died for us. Jesus bore our sins on the cross, He died to pay the penalty for our sins, and now He lives and grants us forgiveness and reconciliation with the father. Though His death was excruciatingly painful, He endured it and is satisfied with the results, that is, that many have become children of God. "For the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2) Its was for the joy of knowing that we could become sons and daughters of God that Jesus endured the cross. Through His death, we have salvation, and "He sees it and is satisfied."

Lastly, the scripture says that it was the Father's good pleasure to crush His Son. Why was the Father pleased? Because He knew that if the Son would offer Himself as a sin offering, then mankind would be reconciled back to Him. The Father loved the Son, but He also loved us. "For God so loved the world , that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16) We know that the Father loves the Son, but have we ever stopped to consider how much the Father must also love us seeing that He was willing to give His Son for us? "See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are." (1 John 3:1) How unfathomable is the love of God for us!

David Robison

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