Isaiah 53

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By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many…
Isaiah 53:11

Today is a Good Friday and there is not a better passage to read than Isaiah 53. I have read it many times and memorized most of it, yet it is always alive and worth reading. As I read it together with my fellow brothers and sisters in the morning prayer meeting I was struck by the conclusion of the whole matter in verse 11.

Firstly it says that “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.”   It is the same idea as in Hebrews 12:2 “Jesus…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross.”   That is something incredible! What is that great satisfaction and joy that led Him as far as the cross? It must be truly the greatest treasure imaginable if it drives God Himself to suffer and die. Now the answer seems bizarre. Supposedly it is you and me. I am His satisfaction. You are the joy of God of heaven and earth. Now this is what we call the “Good News” or the “Gospel” – God died for us because He delights in us.

The next part “By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.”   is what caught my eye in the first place. Again there is a New Testament twin to this verse found in Romans 10:13-14 “For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”   This is the reason why we need to pursue the knowledge of the LORD. It is only through hearing and knowing the Good News that people’s lives can be changed. We need to saturate ourselves with the personal and intimate knowledge of Christ administered by the Holy Spirit so that God would “through us diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”   2 Corinthians 2:14. This is the goal: to know Jesus Christ, His character, His power, His purpose and His relation to us, that we might be renewed and as a result others also being affected.

Today, let us press on to know the love of Christ in our lives and let that sweet fragrance reach others also.

For His glory.

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