The Suffering Servant – The Servant’s Exaltation

Isaiah 53:10 continues, “when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring“.  So, when the Savior made an offering for guilt, He was given offspring.  What is this offspring?  Does this mean that Jesus had physical children, as some claim?  No.  This is referring to His believers, those who were as sheep without a shepherd but are now God’s children, those whom the Father had given to Him (John 6:39).

In a world where children are now being looked at as an inconvenience, and in a country in which 50 million babies have been legally aborted, we don’t understand this thought very well.  In that time and place, offspring were considered a blessing.  That is, in fact, God’s intention.  Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.”  And so for Isaiah to say that the servant would have offspring is no small thing.  Jesus was blessed by the Father for what He had done.  He gave Him a multitude of offspring.

Furthermore, to see one’s offspring is an additional blessing.  Psalm 128:6 says, “May you see your children’s children!”  Genesis 48:11 says, “Israel said to Joseph, ‘I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.’”  Isaiah 53:10, “He shall see His offspring.”  Jesus was not abandoned.  He was exalted.

Verse 10 goes on to say, “He shall prolong His days”.  This is almost an understatement, is it not?  Jesus was raised from the dead and now lives eternally, bringing more and more children to Himself, prolonging their days as well.

Also in verse 10, “the will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.”  God’s will for the salvation of sinners, Jews and Gentiles alike, would be fulfilled in what Jesus did.

How should this verse affect how we think of Jesus?  He is not still on the cross.  He is not still in the tomb.  He is not crushed anymore.  He is at the right hand of the Father, glorified and exalted, honored for what He has done for the sake of many sinners.  This is the Jesus whom we worship.


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