Isa 53:10-12 “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: 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. 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.”
There is a profound declaration of God’s love for us in these verses of scripture. They also declare His sovereignty and singularity in the putting away of man’s sins. If we believe the words of Isaiah to be inspired by God, it is plainly seen here that our salvation was accomplished between God (the LORD – defined by Strong’s as (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God) and His servant (see Isa 52:13).
We understand this faithful and willing Servant to portray our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Isaiah declares in 52:14 that He was disfigured more than any man. Note that Isaiah did not say more than any other man. This Servant was disfigured in ways that no other man could be. He was sinless and glorious and dwelled in Eternity: we cannot begin to comprehend the fullness of His beauty. He laid all this aside, was conceived in flesh in the womb of a virgin, and lived a life of sinless dedication unto God the Father. Then He was taken by men, beaten, and crucified on the cross to pay the debt for our sins.
I stand in awe (and in tears) to think that the LORD loved me and you so much that He was pleased (moved) to bruise Him for us. The word translated as “bruised” here does not refer to what we think about today as a bruise. Strong’s defines the word rendered as bruised to mean crush or destroy. The Father’s love for us is so great that He was moved to see His only begotten Son crushed for us! God the Father deliberately and with purpose brought grief (great affliction) to His Son when He made His soul an offering for sin. This was not a spur-of-the-moment decision; God carried this out according to His divine plan.
Still, Jesus saw the outcome of the wearing effort (travail) of His soul and He was satisfied! It satiated Him to know that, after all the suffering, He was alive forever more (prolong His days); alive to see His seed (us) justified before the Father and free of iniquity; alive to see the delight of the LORD prosper by His labor of love. Jesus knew the will of His Father. He knew that He would accomplish that will, bear the iniquities of His people and save us from our sins. He fulfilled the pleasure of His Father.
God did not do this great work in a corner. To this day, the name of Jesus is held up as being great. Even many that do not recognize Him as the Son of God admit that He was a great teacher, a great prophet, and a great example. Jesus has redeemed us from the law of sin and death. He has shared (divided) the spoil (the knowledge that He is our Redeemer and that we are redeemed) with those who are strong in the Lord.
In all of this wonderful accomplishment, do you notice who is conspicuously absent from bringing any of this to pass? The Father was pleased to crush the Son for our transgressions. The Son bore our iniquities. He poured out (done with deliberate intent) His soul unto death. He (not we) was numbered with the transgressors. He bore our sins, and He made intercession for us with the LORD. Man had no power or desire in this matter; this is the redemptive work of God and Him alone!
May we shout our praise for Him who was, and is, and forever will be for this unspeakable love wherewith He has loved us and caused us to love Him!