The Suffering Servant – The Servant’s Offering

Isaiah 53:10 continues, “He [Yahweh] has put Him [the Servant] to grief“, further evidence from this text that all of the sufferings the Savior went through was ultimately laid upon Him by His Father, for our benefit.

Verse 10 goes on to say, “when His soul makes an offering for guilt“.  We remember from the Old Testament that sin offerings were made by the death of a sacrificial animal.  In this case, it was Christ who was the offering for guilt and, as we see in this verse, the one who made the offering for guilt.

What does this say about the Savior?  He went willingly.  The Father loved us and gave up His only Son to die on the cross, and the Savior loved us and went willingly to the cross.  The Father, while crushing His Son and laying on Him the iniquity of us all, did not do so without the Son’s consent.  Both Father and Son, as well as the Holy Spirit, all working toward the same end of salvation of sinners and glory of the Godhead.

It is appropriate to give thanks to the Father for sending His only Son.  It is also appropriate to give thanks to Jesus for offering Himself up for us.  Ephesians 5:2 says, “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  What a Savior we have, who would willingly die for sinners like you and me!

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