The Fruit of His Suffering

Isaiah 53:10-12
   But the Lord was pleased to crush him, putting him to grief; if he would render himself as a guilt offering, he will see his offspring, he will prolong his days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in his hand. As a result of the anguish of his soul, he will see it and be satisfied; by his knowledge the righteous one, my servant, will justify the many, as he will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot him a portion with the great, and he will divide the booty with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.

    These verses tell us what God desires, how that desire prospers in Jesus' hand, and how Jesus sees this and is satisfied. In verse 10 we read see that God's desire was to crush his one and only Son.  Then in verse 10 Isaiah says this desire of the Lord will succeed in the Jesus's hand. All of God's purposes in the death of his Jesus will succeed, and Jesus is glad that those purposes are fulfilled.  Jesus will see the good pleasure of His Father succeeding through Jesus' own anguish and His will be satisfied—not frustrated, not bitter, not vengeful; He is satisfied.   I love the way John Piper says it, "We need more than anything in the world to know God—to know him not according to our own prejudices and expectations and limitations of what he can be like. We need to know him as he is, and that means as he reveals himself in his Word."

    I pray this week that you truly begin to know God - not according to your expectations and limitations on Him, but to know Him as he is revealed to you through his Word and the Holy Spirit's presence in your life.  I pray as Paul prayed for the Ephesians, "that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

In Him,
Pastor Boyd

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