Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. ~Isaiah 52:12
This morning, we are considering the greatest sacrifice ever performed: we are remembering Jesus’ death on the cross for every sinner. Isaiah 53 has been called the “Suffering Servant” chapter. Isaiah was given a glimpse of the suffering that Jesus would endure to pay the price for our sins. We want to take this moment to reflect on what a Savior our Jesus is!
We see the CASUALTY in His death.
“…he hath poured out his soul unto death…” This is a powerful way of saying that Jesus gave His entire life. He held nothing back when He went to the cross and suffered the grueling agony of a slow, torturous death. Verse 5 reads, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” The wounds speak of the nails that pierced His wrists and feet, and the spear that a soldier thrust into His side. The bruising speaks of the numerous times He was hit in the face, when He was beaten on the head, and the bruising throughout His body. The chastisement and peace speak of the scourging He received. Jesus gave it all, and Jesus paid it all for us.
We see His COMPANY in His death.
“…he was numbered with the transgressors…” Jesus was crucified on a cross next to two thieves. He was placed, or numbered, among transgressors. Though He committed nothing worthy of death, He died among criminals. He was the sinless One dying among sinners. He was the just dying with the unjust. He was the innocent One dying with the guilty. He became guilty for us. He took our condemnation among the condemned. Unlike the two thieves who kept trash talking while on their crosses, Jesus was as a lamb led by her shearers and was dumb. He became sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
We see the COMPREHENSIVENESS of His death.
“…he bare the sin of many…” He died for every sinner. He died for all (2 Cor. 5:15), He became the propitiation for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2), and He tasted for every man (Heb. 2:9). The sin debt was paid in full! The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all (vs. 6). No other substitute could atone for our sins. He was the atonement and scape goat in one! He was the sacrificial lamb Whose shed blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat! Christ was our Passover! His death was voluntary, vicarious, and victorious!
We see the COMPENSATION from His death.
“Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong…” Jesus offers salvation from sin to every sinner who calls on His name to be saved. Salvation is the free gift of God. When Jesus ascended to heaven forty days after His resurrection, He sat on the right hand of God’s throne. There, He lives, making intercession for us. He has an unending priesthood that delights in praying for us. “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them,” Heb. 7:24-25.
What a Savior is our Jesus! Rejoice this morning that we have a Savior Who has passed into heaven, and one day, we will meet Him in the air to spend all of eternity with Him.
Have a great God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 15-17