Today we look at Isaiah 53 once again. Our focus is on verse 10 which says, “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush Him, He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”
This is a really difficult statement to get our minds around, thinking that it was God’s will to crush His own Son. But these words do not describe a random impulse of God; they describe the plans and purposes of God. The sacrifice of Jesus did not come about as an after-thought, or “Plan B.” Since the foundation of the world, this Servant was appointed for this mission.
Nevertheless, this was the only possible way the plan of salvation could succeed in redeeming lost men and women, whom God had created for eternal fellowship. Psalm 149:4 reminds us of this when it says, “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation.”
In verse 10 Isaiah says, “… He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” He uses figurative language to communicate that the life of the Servant will be highly fruitful – God’s purposes are fulfilled in Him. Jesus said in John 8:56, “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”
Thought for today:
Do we stand in awe of God and what He has done for us through Christ? Do you know and believe that God is sovereign over all things? Are we willing to sacrifice for others?
Prayer: Father, your Son gave all so that by the power of the cross we would be justified in your sight and have abundant life. Lord, let Him see a reward for His sufferings in all of us being repentant of sin, trusting in You, and confessing His name. Amen.