The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"When Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities" (Isaiah 53:10-11).
Written seven centuries before the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, Isaiah 53 provides one of the most vivid portrayals of the Savior and His Gospel found in Scripture. We see His suffering and rising again, the satisfaction of God the Father in His Son's atoning work for our sins, and the justification of born again believers who realize the Savior bore our iniquities so that we might bear His righteousness as a freely given gift of grace.
"He hath made Him to be sin for us, when knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21).
Our Lord's death on the cross of Calvary so perfectly satisfied the justice requirements of God that the Savior could cry out in victory even as He died, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). Three days later, His resurrection would foreshadow the newness of life provided for all who believe in the completed work of Calvary. Fifty days after His rising again, the gift of the Holy Spirit would indwell believers to the degree He spiritually unites us with Christ Himself: "He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit" (I Corinthians 6:17). The travail of our Lord's soul and the triumph of His resurrection so satisfies God the Father that He sees trusting believers as in Christ, thereby constituting us as "accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:6).
Our ongoing response must be to join the Father in His satisfaction regarding the Lord Jesus. Do we share His view of how perfectly the Lord enrobed us with His righteousness? We should ever be moving toward God's perspective in our own hearts and minds. "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18). Indeed, we became believers by joining God in His view of His Son. "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him" (Luke 9:35). We advance in our faith and faithfulness by discovering more and more who Christ is to God, and who He is to us. "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). What does the Father think of His Son? What do we think of our Savior? The more the answers to these inquiries correlate in our hearts and minds, the more our relationship and walk with God will flow in truth and joyful experience of our acceptance with Him, and a life acceptable to Him.
"What think ye of Christ?" (Matthew 22:42). We best answer this question by directing it toward our Heavenly Father. Who is the Lord Jesus to God? Who is He to ourselves? We find the answer to the latter in the answer to the former. "In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9). Isaiah's prophesy perfectly foretold the satisfaction God the Father would find in His Son's Person and work on our behalf. May we join the prophet, and even more, our Heavenly Father in seeing the Savior as everything and more than we will ever need regarding relationship with God, and a life lived for His glory and pleasure.
"It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me."
Weekly Memory Verse
"He shall see the travail of His soul and be satisfied."