The Suffering Servant, 3-29-16

May 18, 2016 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

Tags: Life at the Cross

The Suffering Servant


See my servant shall prosper, he shall be highly exalted. Yet many shall be amazed when they see him,yes even far-off foreign nations and their kings; they shall stand dumbfounded, speechless in his presence. For they shall see and understand what they had not been told before. They shall see my servant beaten and bloodied, so disfigured one would scarcely know it was a person standing there.

So shall he cleanse many nations. But Oh, how few believe it! Who will listen? To whom will God reveal his saving power? In God's eyes he was like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. But in our eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make us want him. We despised him, and rejected him a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our back on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised and we did not care. Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down, and we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him; it was by his wounds that we were healed. We are the ones who strayed away like sheep. We are the ones who left God's paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on Him the guilt and sins of everyone of us.

He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he never said a word. He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before his Shearer's is dumb, so he stood silent before the ones condemning him. From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people of that day realized it was their sins that he was dying for, that he was suffering for their punishment? He was buried like a criminal in a rich man's grave; even though he had done no wrong, and had never spoken an evil word.
Yet it was the Lord's good plan to crush him and to cause him to suffer.

But when His soul has been made an offering for sin, then He shall have a multitude of children and many heirs. He SHALL LIVE AGAIN.......and God's program shall prosper in his hands. And when he sees all that is accomplished by the anguish of his soul, he shall be satisfied; and because of what he has experienced my righteous Servant shall make many to be counted righteous before God, for he shall bear all their sins. Therefore I will give him the honor of one who is mighty and great because he has poured out his soul unto death. He was counted as a sinner, and he bore the sins of many and he even pled with God for sinners.

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (The Living Bible)

Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever!


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