The Suffering Servant – The Servant’s Satisfaction

Isaiah 53:11 says, “Out of the anguish of His soul, He shall see and be satisfied.”  So, out of the grief to which the Father put Him, out of the crushing that He went through, He looks upon the result, and He is satisfied.  Why is He satisfied?

Verse 11 continues, “by His knowledge“–that is, His acquaintance with grief.  Verse 3, remember, tells us that He was “acquainted with grief“.  By knowing and tasting suffering and death “shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous“.  Jesus, the only righteous one, by His work on the cross, justified the sins of many.  One of the key words in this verse is “many“.  It wasn’t a universal atonement; not all people are saved; there are specific people that God has chosen for salvation.  But there are “many“.  And what an encouragement that is!

Revelation 7:9 says, “I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’

God’s grace extends to the multitude.  There is a countless number of people that will be spending eternity with fellow Christians rejoicing in the grace, mercy, and glory of God!  What a thing to celebrate!  We are not “the few, the proud”.  We are many!  And how amazing that is!  What a satisfying thought.

And yet we are not the ones who are most satisfied.  It is Jesus Himself who is satisfied, He who “shall bear their iniquities” (v11).  He is pleased to see that the anguish that He endured led to the salvation of a number of people that we can’t even imagine.


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