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10 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.
11 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.
12 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 (NASB)

In this my final part of Isaiah 53 we reach the finale, the purpose of the Servant King – our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In these final verses the Redemption Plan is made crystal clear by Almighty God in His Word.

The first line of this final part of Isaiah 53 is perplexing to our understanding of a loving God, how could He be pleased to crush/destroy His beloved Son in whom He earlier declares that He was well pleased with? (Matthew 17:5). The pleasure is not in the pain inflicted, but in the achievement by it. Firstly He was pleased in that His Son submitted to the service of Redemption, with all its implications. Secondly He was pleased by the fact that in His Servant’s service that Almighty God’s Divine mercy upon sinful man would be seen. Thirdly, that this great plan of Redemption would succeed in its purpose; to save fallen sinful humanity. Just like the Word of God which always achieves His purpose, so does His plans!

In verse 10 the line “He would render Himself as a guilt offering” is reminiscent of Old Testament guilt sacrifices by God’s children for sins they have committed; indeed the Hebrew text for offering (Ashan) implies transition of the guilt upon the sacrifice, in this case our Lord. Jesus did not just pay the penalty of our sin, He actually bore the full guilt for it, as if He Himself had sinned! This is further said by Paul saying that God “made Him to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The implication that He who did not sin was guilty for our sins is just too much for my feeble mind and heart to bear. This great sacrificial service will reap a reward; He will live and prosper in the Father’s service, having many children saved from sin by His blood.

In verse 11As a result of the anguish of His soul ” refers directly to the anguish of Christ the Servant; but in my mind I could see it also referring to the anguish of His Father, or am I implying human feelings on Almighty God? Either way both the Servant King and His God are satisfied with the end result, that being the Redemption of many sinners. By the knowledge of Him, His service and the result of it many are saved from sin; with out such knowledge we are missing out on life in Him.

Dear reader, in verse 12 we are finally presented with the triumphant Messiah, our Lord and Saviour! In His triumph over sin and the powers of evil He will claim His “booty,” that is the souls of the saved and the crown of victory befitting a King. In His utter humility serving God amidst the sinners He settles the battle over sin for eternity. His victory is a continuous living one, fought in every life throughout eternity, sustained by His continuous intercession before the Father for sinners. It is fitting that this important chapter should finish on a victorious note; it shows us clearly the very nature of Divine Atonement through our beloved Redeemer.

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