Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:11)
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah predicted, "He bore our grief," and "Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer." (Isaiah 53:4,10). God was pleased to kill His Son, an innocent man, why? This is especially difficult to understand when we know, "He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord God" (Proverbs 17:15). The short answer is because He loved mankind and wanted to give him eternal life (John 3:16), but with a deeper understanding we garner the knowledge of God's power and authority was given into the hands of Jesus and His offspring (Genesis 9:1-3).
For doing this sacrificial act, Jesus has been given all authority over the entire world and everything in it (Isaiah 53:10-12, 54:1-17; Genesis 6:18, 7:1, 7:13, 8:15-17; Psalm 125:3; Matthew 11:27, 28:18-20; John 3:35, 13:3, 17:2; Ephesians 1:20-21), even over the enemy and spiritual authorities for Jesus defeated him. (1 John 2:14; Isaiah 53:10-12, 54:1-17; Genesis 6:18, 7:1, 7:13, 8:15-17; Psalm 125:3). We no longer have to live as slaves to the enemies fear and condemnation but we can live in the power and authority of Jesus (Galatians 4:7). We don't have to live in fear or even be discouraged about anything (Joshua 1:9), because no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17).
The LORD was Not Pleased with the Act of Murder. The Lord was not pleased with the people's disobedience and the act itself; as I've heard some suggest that God is sadistic for enjoying the act of killing His only Son. Rather, God was delighted that His will was fulfilled: that through this substitutionary self-sacrifice, the Righteous One and His children would gain eternal life. How can the death of someone, give them eternal life?
How Can A Man, Put to Death, Come to Life Again? We understand that when sin fully matures it brings forth death (James 1:15). So if you've never sinned, you can't be held in death (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). The righteousness of Christ is that He never sinned although he was able and tempted; He never sinned. God robed him in righteousness (Isaiah 61:10); the same righteousness reckoned to Abraham for believing (Genesis 15:6). He was made like humans in every way: including possessing the ability to sin and be tempted to sin, but never sinning. (Hebrews 4:15). Some teach He was unable to sin, but what righteousness can one possess if they refrain from doing the very thing they're unable to do? Jesus pleased His Father by always obeying the Father's will, and never doing anything of his own will. (John 5:18-20; 8:28; Luke 22:42). Reflecting on this glorious truth, gives me even more confidence in Jesus' strength and power. To say anything other is to defrock the Lord of His true glory.
God's Punishment Upon the Son Gave Him and His Offspring Eternal Life and the Fulfillment of God's Will. God put the punishment of us all upon His Son, Jesus, who willing accepted the punishment. Jesus' acceptance of this pleased the Father, for His promise would be completed. God the Father reached down and raised him back to life from the deep water, rescuing him from his foes (Psalm 18:17-18). Jesus would gain eternal life and the will of the Father would be fulfilled. He bore our shame and sorrows; he was pierced and stricken by God; and His chastisement and wounds gave us peace and healing (Isaiah 53:4-5). He took this oppression and affliction, without opening His mouth to stop it; he laid down His own life (Isaiah 53:6-9; John 10:18, 15:13). He had the command of legions of angels to stop it (Matthew 26:53). It pleased the LORD to crush him, as his soul made an offering for our guilt, for the delight is giving him and his offspring eternal life (Isaiah 53:10-11). The will of the Father was that He would gain eternal life and give it to us, his children.
In Isaiah, We See The LORD's Delight is Giving the Righteous One Power and Authority Also. Isaiah makes us most aware of the promise made by God to the Righteous One; and he connects it to the covenant made by God to Noah, clear back in Genesis (Isaiah 54:9). God made a covenant with Noah, the foreshadowing of the Righteous One, Jesus. The covenant was, after hiding him a little while in the ark, from God; God would bring him forth and prolong his days, at the right time, and the days of his offspring. (Genesis 7:1-2,7,16; 9:7-12; Isaiah 54:7-10). The earth would become a place of planting seeds and harvesting, not having the fear of God's wrath of destruction against it, because the authority and judgment were given over to the Righteous One. (Genesis 8:20-22; Matthew 9:35-39). All creation would be subjected to him under his authority (Genesis 9:2-3), and never again will flesh be cut off or the world be destroyed by waters. (Genesis 9:11; Isaiah 54) This foreshadows the power and authority given to Jesus, which God willed for us to have also.
God Made a Covenant of Peace with the Righteous One, Jesus, through Noah. Although there was tremendous public shame and torture in the crucifixion, Jesus' willingness to take it upon himself for the prize set before, which is the promise of an everlasting covenant of peace. (Isaiah 54:10). Jesus, in the flesh, died a shameful death upon a cursed tree (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13) with no children, however, the LORD promised him no shame and many offspring if He willfully laid down his life. (Isaiah 54:1-6). God promised a covenant of peace with everlasting love and compassion, for He promised not to be angry nor rebuke him; even though He would hide for a moment, from him, during the overflowing anger; like Noah hide in the ark during the flood as the waters covered the earth. (Isaiah 54:7-10).
God Promised a Beautiful House Full of Children, Peace with God, and Enemy Defenses. Although it would be difficult, God gave Jesus something good to look upon, beyond the suffering; He gave a prophecy of future blessings. He promised to build him a house made with the most precious gems; to fill it with children, taught by God Himself; to be established in righteousness; and to have peace with God, never having a threat of ruin or oppression from God ever again. (Isaiah 54:11-15). If there would be strife from any other source, the LORD had a defense against it so that no weapon formed against him would prosper, not even a tongue which could speak against him for He will have judgment over them. (Isaiah 54:16-17).
In Genesis, The LORD Made a Covenant of Power and Authority to Him and His Offspring, and the Rainbow is a Sign of that Covenant. Because God found him to be righteous, while all others had gone astray, He made an everlasting covenant with him to give him all power and authority over everything in the world. The Lord instructed Noah, the foreshadowing of Jesus, because he was righteous, to willing go into the ark taking all the living creatures with him while wrath was poured out. (Genesis 6:18, 7:1, 8:15-17). Afterward he came out with an offering which was pleasing to the LORD so He promised to never curse the earth or strike down the people again with the flood waters. (Genesis 8:18-20). The LORD promised that as long as the earth remained, it would be time to plant and harvest the seeds, which is us. (Genesis 8:22, 9:7). God told Noah and his children to be fruitful and multiply filling the earth, which would be Jesus and us, the believers. (Genesis 9:1). All things would be delivered over to his hand, with everything having a fear of him. (Genesis 9:2-3). God made a covenant with Noah (Jesus) and his offspring, that never again would flesh be cut off by waters of a flood and never again would a flood destroy the earth and the rainbow would be a sign of that. (Genesis 9:8-1, 12-15). This is a promise in which we can trust; that Jesus was given full power and authority over every living creature. He even has power over the enemy for he defeated him, sin and death. (1 John 2:14); (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
Jesus is Our Hope; Our Peace with God; Our Power and Authority; and Our Father and King. Since Jesus willfully fulfilled the will of God by going to the cross to die for our sins, even though He was sinless, which is righteous, He will forever be at peace with God and in His presence. The wrath of God has been poured out and He promised to never bring that wrath against Him again. All power and authority over this world have been given to Lord Jesus and everything, in creation, including demons and spiritual beings, are in fear of Him and under his authority. Even though He is our Lord, our Friend, and our Savior, it would be wise of us to have a reverential fear of Him for He is majestic. Just as Jesus willfully gave His life up for the will of the Father, we are to follow in His example. We are to die to ourselves and our old sin nature. We are to rise in Christ and shine His glory.
Dear heavenly Father, we come to Your Throne of Grace, knowing that Jesus death, burial and resurrection from the dead made the way of escape for us from Your wrath due us for our many sins against You. We thank You that You loved us enough to send Your only begotten Son so that He would suffer and die so that we may have eternal life and possess the covenant promise of having dominion over this world. Help us to grow in this knowledge and learn to trust You ever more. AMEN
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